In a demonstration of close ties between Tehran and the Palestinian terror group, Hamas chairman Khaled Mashaal, who has made a home in Qatar, met with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larjani on Wednesday during his visit to Doha.
Iran, which openly claims that it seeks the annihilation of the state of Israel, has had officials come forward and admit that they are supplying the Gaza-ruling terror group with sophisticated rockets.
Mashaal has made a home in Qatar since 2011, after leaving Syria during the onset of the Syrian civil war, according to reports.
Larjani also met with Qatari head of state Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, in order to reportedly persuade him that Iran’s emerging nuclear weapons program would not pose a threat to the Gulf State. The meeting comes just a couple weeks after the Qatar Emir met with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House.
The controversial U.S. ally has been accused of supporting the Islamic State terror group and other jihadi factions throughout the region. Doha has also openly admitted that it aids the Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front in Syria.
Last August, senior Iranian officials admitted that Tehran had supplied Hamas with stockpiles of missiles to fight against Israel in its 50-day war over the summer, which was codenamed Operation Protective Edge by the Israel Defense Forces. An Iranian official spoke to the reasoning why a Shiite country armed a predominantly Sunni group in Hamas. “The Zionist regime will collapse soon as a result of the unity among Shia and Sunni Muslims and we are ready for that day,” said Iranian commander Mohammad Ali Jafari. Another, IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps) commander, Mohsen Rezaei, admitted, “Palestinian resistance missiles are the blessings of Iran’s transfer of technology.”
Meanwhile, Hamas has reportedly rejected an Israeli offer for a five year ceasefire in exchange for Jerusalem lifting some restrictions on the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian terror group is launching a media campaign on Friday in hopes to improve its image among the public. Those who wish to ask the jihadi outfit any questions can use the Twitter hashtag #AskHamas to get “Hamas’ true positions” on where it stands, according to its media representatives.