Hamas chief celebrates Israeli ‘isolation’ during trip to Iran

Ismail Haniyeh also crowed over US abstention on Gaza at the Security Council


Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said in an address on Tuesday that the hostages abducted from Israel on October 7 will only be freed from captivity in Gaza under the terror group's 'terms'

(JNS) Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh touched down in Tehran on Tuesday to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other top officials, the official Press TV channel reported.

At a press conference following the meeting with Amir-Abdollahian, Haniyeh said Israel is facing political isolation over the war against Hamas, pointing at Monday’s UN Security Council resolution demanding a temporary ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

“Although this resolution came late and there may be some gaps that need to be filled, the resolution itself indicates that the occupation [Israel] is experiencing unprecedented political isolation,” he said.

Haniyeh added that Israel was “losing political cover and protection even in the Security Council” and that “the US is unable to impose its will on the international community.”

The Hamas leader resides in Qatar, which hosts the terrorist group’s senior members.

In November, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim News Agency reported that Haniyeh had met with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

“Ayatollah Khamenei praised the steadfastness and resilience of the people of Gaza and expressed strong regret over the crimes of the Zionist regime, supported directly by Washington and some Western countries,” the report read.

The Iranian supreme leader also “emphasised Tehran’s consistent policy of supporting the Palestinian resistance forces against the Zionist occupiers.”

Israel has underscored Iranian support for Hamas since the terrorist organization’s October 7 invasion. The Palestinian Islamist group is still holding 134 hostages in Gaza.

As many as 500 men affiliated with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad trained in the Islamic Republic leading up to October 7, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

Iranian terrorist proxy Hezbollah has been carrying out near-daily attacks against Israel from Lebanon in support of Hamas since October 7.

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