Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders make diplomatic visit to Tehran

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyya visited Tehran on March 26, where he met with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. During his visit, he was also received by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. At the same time as Haniyya, Ziyad al-Nahala, the Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, also visited Tehran.

Haniyya was born in 1963 in the Shaati Palestinian refugee camp in Gaza and joined Hamas in 1987. He became head of the Hamas government in Gaza after the assassination of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin and Abd al-Aziz Rantisi in 2004. In May 2017, he was elected as the new head of the Hamas politburo after his predecessor resigned. His tenure as head of the Hamas Politburo was recently extended for another four years, and he has been living in Doha (Qatar) for recent years. His personal fortune is estimated at more than $4 billion.

Al-Nahala was born in 1953 in Khan Yunis, in the south of the Gaza Strip. As a teenager, he was detained several times by Israeli military and intelligence services for extremist actions. He was released from prison in 1985 as part of an exchange deal and returned to the Gaza Strip, where he joined Islamic Jihad and formed its military wing called Al-Quds Brigade. He took part in the first intifada as a brigade commander and became secretary general of Islamic Jihad in 2018 after Ramadan Shalah became seriously ill. Al-Nahala is one of the most dangerous terrorists wanted by US authorities and American authorities are ready to pay $5 million for information leading to his capture. His accounts have been frozen by US authorities.

Both leaders have been accused of supporting terrorist activities against Israel and other countries, but they maintain that their organizations are legitimate resistance movements fighting for freedom and self-determination.

Iran has been a key supporter of both Hamas and Islamic Jihad for many years, providing them with financial aid, weapons and training. The meeting between Haniyya and Amir-Abdollahian is seen as an opportunity to strengthen ties between these two groups.

However, their presence in Tehran has raised concerns among some countries about their intentions towards regional stability and security.

As such, it remains to be seen how this visit will impact future relations between these groups and other nations involved in this complex region.

By Aiden Johnson

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