Title: Iran’s Supreme Leader Meets Hamas Head, Iran-Hamas Alliance Tested in Current Conflict
In a significant development, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently met with Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas, in Tehran. The meeting took place in early November, where Khamenei conveyed Iran’s continued political and moral support to Hamas. However, Iran made it clear that it would not directly intervene in the conflict between Hamas and Israel.
Iran has urged Hamas to silence its members who call for Iran and Hezbollah to join the fight against Israel. It appears that Hamas caught Hezbollah off-guard with its recent attack on Israel, leading to a swift mobilization of Hezbollah fighters to respond.
This ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel is now testing the alliance between Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas, and other militant groups. Each group involved has different priorities and challenges, putting strains on their solidarity.
Hamas has called upon its alliance partners, including Iran, Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, and Syria, to join their fight against Israel. However, Iran has decided to refrain from direct involvement unless they themselves are attacked by Israel or the United States. Instead, Iran plans to utilize its armed allies, such as Hezbollah, to launch rocket and drone attacks on Israeli and American targets in the Middle East.
To prevent further escalation, Hezbollah has avoided all-out confrontation with Israel and has contained its attacks to the border region. They fear that deeper strikes into Israel could provoke a devastating response that Lebanon cannot afford.
Similarly, the United States is focused on avoiding further escalation and has been primarily concerned with ensuring military aid for Israel. Since the Gaza war began, the U.S. has already faced multiple drone and rocket attacks from axis militias in Iraq and Syria.
The risk of another major front being opened in the conflict is a cause for concern for the U.S. and Israel, as they want to prevent further escalation. While Israel sees Hezbollah as the most immediate potent threat, it remains prepared to fight on new fronts if necessary.
Iran’s long-standing commitment to opposing the United States and Israel without direct conflict dates back four decades, with its leaders prioritizing retaining power. The current crisis highlights the delicate balance between maintaining solidarity within the Axis of Resistance while avoiding a full-scale war with Israel that may draw in the United States.
As tensions and risks of further escalation persist in the region, the conflict between Hamas and Israel remains ongoing. It is a fluid situation that demands close attention as the delicate balance in the region continues to be tested.
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