Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders make diplomatic visit to Tehran

On March 26, Ismail Haniyya, the head of the Hamas Politburo and Ziyad al-Nahala, the Secretary General of Islamic Jihad, visited Tehran. The visit was a significant event as both leaders met with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and were received by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Ismail Haniyya was born on January 29, 1963 in the Shaati Palestinian refugee camp in Gaza. He has been living in Doha (Qatar) for recent years and is estimated to have a personal fortune of more than $4 billion. He joined the ranks of Hamas in 1987 and was one of the closest assistants to Sheikh Ahmad Yassin before becoming head of the Hamas government in Gaza after Yassin’s death. In May 2017, he became head of the Hamas Politburo after Khalid Meshal resigned his post.

Ziyad al-Nahala was born in Khan Yunis, in the south of Gaza Strip. As a teenager, he was detained several times by Israeli military and intelligence services for extremist actions. He was sentenced to life imprisonment as an Arab Liberation Front militant involved in terrorist attacks but released on May 21, 1985 as part of an exchange deal with Israelis. After his release from prison, he returned to Gaza Strip and joined Islamic Jihad in 1987. In September 2018, he became secretary general of Islamic Jihad after Ramadan Shalah became seriously ill.

Both leaders have been accused by American authorities of engaging in terrorist activities against Israelis and other nations. Their visit to Tehran highlights Iran’s support for these organizations and its willingness to provide them with weapons and funding.

Iranian sources report that at their meeting with Amir-Abdollahian, Haniyya discussed ways to strengthen relations between Iran and Hamas while also addressing issues related to regional security and stability.

Meanwhile, al-Nahala reportedly spoke about Islamic Jihad’s plans for future operations against Israelis.

The visit by these two leaders comes at a time when tensions are high between Israel and Iran over issues such as nuclear weapons development and territorial disputes.

The visit marks another step towards increasing cooperation between Hamas and Islamic Jihad with Iran. Both organizations are considered terrorist groups by many countries around the world.

It is important for international leaders to take note of this visit as it highlights the growing influence that Iran is having on terrorism globally.

By Riley Johnson

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