Hamas, Hizbullah vow to fight on despite Israeli concessions (ISRAEL INSIDER) By Israel Insider staff and partners 01/30/05)
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Islamic terror groups Hezbollah and Hamas have agreed to uphold the
resistance option against Israel despite U.S. pressure on the
militant Lebanese and Palestinian groups, a Hezbollah statement said
The agreement came in a meeting between Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal
and Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah at the latter´s office
in south Beirut.
The talks covered developments in the Arab region, "particularly
pressure to which the resistance and steadfastness forces in Syria
and Lebanon are subjected through (U.N.) Resolution 1559 and in
Palestine through the continuing (Israeli) aggression on the
Palestinian people," the statement said.
"Agreement was reached that the resistance and steadfastness option
is the only option in confronting the current pressure," it said.
U.N. Resolution 1559, passed last September, calls for the
dismantling of Hezbollah and armed Palestinian groups and a
withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon.
Lebanon and Hezbollah have rejected the resolution, saying it
contained Israeli demands.
It was not immediately known whether a proposed Palestinian truce
with Israel was discussed by Mashaal and Nasrallah. Mashaal said last
week that his group is prepared to accept a temporary conditional
truce with Israel.
On Saturday, Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Shaath announced in
Damascus that Hamas and Islamic Jihad, another militant group based
in Syria, have committed to a temporary cease-fire with Israel, but
only if the Jewish state halts attacks on Palestinian areas and
releases Palestinian prisoners.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad, which are officially listed as terrorist
organizations by the United States, are responsible for killing
scores of Israelis in suicide bombings.
Israeli officials have accused Hezbollah of funding suicide bombings
Describing Hamas´ relationship with Hezbollah as "strong," Mashaal
told reporters after meeting Nasrallah, "We are partners in this
march of confronting a common enemy. In the same way south Lebanon
was liberated, we have hope that all of Palestine will be liberated."
Hezbollah, a Syrian- and Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim group, led a
guerrilla war against Israel´s 18-year occupation of a border zone in
southern Lebanon that ended in 2000. Israel and the United States
consider Hezbollah a terrorist group, but Lebanon regards it as
legitimate resistance against Israeli occupation.
Mashaal said that the "resistance program" was being fought
regionally and internationally, "particularly by the U.S.
administration and the Zionist enemy."
"But the resistance program is making progress in various fields,
making successes and winning the support and confidence of our
Palestinian people inside and outside (Palestinian areas)," Mashaal
said, apparently referring to Hamas´ strong showing in last week´s
municipal elections in the Gaza Strip.
Report: Abbas agrees with Hamas on terror option
Israel Television Channel One correspondent Oded Granot reported on
Mabat this evening that "an interesting debate has developed in Fatah
Abu Mazen´s approach to Hamas and Islamic Jihad. There are those
elements in Fatah who maintain that Abu Mazen is being too soft on
principally in the secret promises that he gave to them that if
everything falls apart that they can return to the path of armed
struggle. There are
those in Fatah who say that he should not have given such a promise."
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