To set the stage for “winning,” the leaders of Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and Hezbollah convened.

To set the stage for “winning,” the leaders of Islamic Jihad, Hamas, and Hezbollah convened.

During this “critical time” in the Middle East, the leaders of the three main Iran-backed groups now battling Israel, Hezbollah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, spoke about what the alliance has to do to secure a “true triumph for the resistance,” stated Hezbollah on Wednesday.

Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of the Lebanese militant group and political party; Saleh al-Arouri, the deputy head of Hamas; and Ziad Nakhle, the secretary general of Islamic Jihad, are pictured in a meeting photo released by Hezbollah’s news media wing sitting beneath framed portraits of Iran’s top leaders.

Hezbollah did not disclose the date of the meeting, but it was the most recent indication of the three armed factions’ growing closeness to one another. There was also no denying the intentional meaning of the picture. A bust of the Dome of the Rock, a well-known Islamic shrine in Jerusalem, can be seen underneath the paintings. It is adorned with the keffiyeh, a symbol of Palestinian nationalism.

There’s also a visible framed picture of a passage from the Quran. It states, Unless they are inside walled cities or behind walls, they will not attack you.

After a period of chilly ties between Hezbollah and Hamas when the two armed groups supported opposite sides in the Syrian Civil War, Hezbollah, Hamas, and Islamic Jihad have recently tried to forge an alliance.

Details of the meeting, which are unusual, were made public on Wednesday in the midst of increased tensions along the Israeli-Lebanese border and worries about the potential for a wider conflict that would attract Hamas supporters, whom Israel hopes to destroy as part of an upcoming ground offensive. Gaza region.

In an image made public by Hezbollah's news office, Saleh Al-Arouri, the deputy commander of Hamas, is shown at an undisclosed location with Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, on the right; Ziad Nakhale, the leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, is in the middle. Credit... Media Relations Office of Hezbollah

Analysts speculate that one of Hezbollah‘s alleged red lines with Israel may be crossed if Israel moves forward with its declared objective of trying to destroy Hamas. There will probably be a disastrous human cost if Hezbollah feels compelled to act and launch a conflict with Israel.

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