While it relies on money from Iran and Qatar to survive, a Hamas spokesperson recently claimed that Hamas’ leadership is independent and will not be expected to return political favors to external patrons, reports the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center.
Iran will not pressure Hamas to normalize ties with the Assad regime, for example, Sami Abu Zuhri said. His comments signal the terrorist group’s growing confidence, despite its increasing reliance on state patrons.
A Hamas delegation led by senior official Mahmoud al-Zahar, met with top Iranian regime figures Dec. 23 to discuss strengthened coordination.
During Hamas’ visit, Iran’s parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani railed against the “Zionist regime” and the Ayatollah’s senior adviser, Ali-Akbar Velyati, said the only way to confront Israel is through “resistance.”
Israel’s enemies often use the vague term “resistance” to justify violence and terrorism against Israelis.
According to the Meir Amit report, Velyati “called on the Palestinians to continue resisting until their final victory” – the destruction of the Jewish state.