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Exploring Tensions and Cooperation: Hamas and Islamic Jihad Leaders Meet with Iranian Officials

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders make diplomatic visit to Tehran

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyya and Islamic Jihad leader Ziyad al-Nahala recently visited Tehran, where they met with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Ismail Haniyya, born in 1963 in the Shaati Palestinian refugee camp in Gaza, is one of the most prominent figures in Hamas. He graduated from the Islamic University of Gaza in 1987 with a degree in Arabic literature and joined the ranks of Hamas soon after. In 1992, he was deported by Israeli authorities to South Lebanon but returned to the Gaza Strip a year later. He has since served as a key figure in Hamas government and politics, serving as prime minister of Gaza from 2004 until his election as head of the Hamas politburo in May 2017. His tenure was recently extended for another four years.

Ziyad al-Nahala, born in 1953 in Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, is also a well-known terrorist leader. He was detained several times by Israeli authorities as a teenager for extremist activities and was sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in terrorist attacks against Israelis. He was released on May 21, 1985 as part of an exchange deal with Israel for three Israeli soldiers and over 1,000 prisoners. Since then, he has been involved with various militant groups including Islamic Jihad (IJ) and has become its secretary general following Ramadan Shalah’s resignation due to illness in September 2018.

During their visit to Tehran, both leaders reportedly met with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to discuss various issues related to terrorism and Middle Eastern politics. The Iranian government has not provided any further details on the discussions that took place during these meetings or any agreements that were reached between the two sides.

By Samantha Nguyen

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