Hamas, Hezbollah vow to continue terror - Defy calls for ceasefire, recent U.N. resolution (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) By Aaron Klein 01/31/05 1:00 a.m. Eastern)
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Hamas and Hezbollah agreed to continue to use terrorism against
Israel in spite of U.S. and Israeli pressure and a U.N. resolution
calling for the dismantlement of the terror groups, a Hezbollah
statement said yesterday.
The agreement was produced after a meeting between Hamas leader
Khaled Mashal, who resides mostly in Syria, and Hezbollah leader
Sheik Hassan Nasrallah at a Hezbollah office in south Beirut.
The meeting focused on "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," said the Hezbollah
"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 in September with strong American
backing, calls for the dismantling of Hezbollah and armed Palestinian
groups, including Hamas, and a complete withdrawal of Syrian troops
from Lebanon. Hezbollah criticized the resolution as an Israeli ploy
to destroy the group.
It was not immediately clear whether the two terror groups discussed
calls by PA Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas for a temporary cease fire
with Israel. There have been reports Hamas had agreed to the
ceasefire if Israel stopped military incursions into Palestinian
territories to combat terrorism.
Hezbollah has been used by Iran and Syria to funnel money to finance
Palestinian terror against Israel, security sources told
WorldNetDaily. They said Iran and Syria have been financing
Palestinian terrorist factions, including Popular Front and Al Aqsa
Martyrs Brigades, by passing money through Hezbollah accounts in
Europe and the Arab world.
There has been much documentation, including traced bank accounts and
admissions from Palestinian and Iranian leaders, that money passed
through Hezbollah was earmarked for specific terror attacks.
Meshal told reporters after meeting with Nasrallah his
group´s "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)."
Meshal said Hamas´ relationship with Hezbollah was "strong. 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." (© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 01/31/05)
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