Palestine's Hamas to fight alongside Iran if Israel attack: Meshaal
Hamas will fight alongside Iran if the country is attacked by Israel, exiled leader Meshaal said.
Hamas will fight alongside Iran if the country is attacked by Israel, exiled leader Khaled Meshaal said on Tuesday.
"All Islamist militant groups will form a united front with Iran against Israel if it attacks Iran," Meshaal, visiting Iran, told a news conference broadcast live on state television.
"We are all parts of the same body ... We all should fight against the mutual enemy. But how, the leaders will decide, based on our capacities."
Israeli officials have threatened they could try to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities in the same way that Israel bombed Iraq's Osiraq nuclear reactor in 1981.
Meshaal said Israel was a danger for the Middle East region. "God willing, a regional resistance has the capacity to confront this danger," Meshaal said.
Israeli and U.S. officials have accused Iran of providing "weapons", cash and training to Hamas and another Palestinian group, Islamic Jihad. Iran insists it only gives them moral and political support.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran had no intention to end its support for Palestinian groups.
"Supporting Palestinians is our religious and national duty. We will continue our support and will never give it up," he said at a meeting with Meshaal, state television reported.
Meshaal praised Iran for backing Hamas, which won a Palestinian parliamentary election in 2006, defeating the once- dominant, more secular Fatah faction, and drove Fatah out of the Gaza Strip the following year.
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