Hezbollah Could Join Hamas in Fight Against Israel

Image: Hezbollah Could Join Hamas in Fight Against Israel Lebanese supporters of Shiite Hezbollah movement. (Mahmoud Zayyat/Stringer/Getty Images)

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 03:40 PM

By Courtney Coren

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There is a growing fear that other groups such as Hezbollah may join Hamas in its fight against Israel, as the group rejects Secretary of State John Kerry's call for a ceasefire. 

While Hezbollah, the Islamist group in Lebanon, is engaged in the civil war in Syria, a Jihadist cleric has said that they long to join Hamas in its battle in Gaza, The Jerusalem Post reported. 

A video was released by the Middle East Media Research Institute's (MEMRI) Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor of jihadi cleric Abu hareth Al-Maqdisi saying that he and others long to join Hamas and issuing a call for other Muslims to join the Palestinian group in the fight against Israel.

"True, we are fighting in Syria, but our heart yearns to arrive and fight the sons and brothers of the apes and pigs [the Jews]," Maqdisi said.

According to MEMRI, he added that those fighting against the Jews must prepare themselves for either victory or martyrdom, and that Allah will send "extraordinary soldiers who will fight and defeat the Jews."

"The days of defeats have passed," Maqdisi said. "Our concept today is offensive and therefore you must attack them [the Jews] so they won't attack you. Hold on, fortify yourself and trust in Allah so you may succeed."

He also called on Muslims to join Hamas in the fight against Israel.

"If you help them, Allah will help you. If you abandon them, Allah will abandon you," he said. "The choice is yours because on Judgement Day, they will ask you, 'did you help the Gazans or the men of al-Sham or not.'"

However, Daniel Nisman of the Levantine Group, a geopolitical risk assessment group from Tel Aviv said that "right now, Hezbollah has way too much invested in the Syrian conflict to provoke an unnecessarily destructive war with Israel," according to The Washington Times. 

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has so far rejected a ceasefire, as Kerry attempts to negotiate with the group indirectly, saying that there will be a temporary truce while the wounded are evacuated, but a more permanent ceasefire will not occur without a full negotiation of terms.

The Palestinians proposed on Tuesday that there be ceasefire with five days to negotiate those terms. 

The Palestine Liberation Organization's Ambassador to the United States, Maen Rashid Areikat, has said that while a "ceasefire is a necessity" because of the casualties sustained by the Palestinians, "there is a political problem that needs to be addressed" that is the "root" cause of the conflict. 

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