Hamas and Iran Display Their Strong Ties at Conference in Tehran

On August 13, 2012, the International Conference on Resistance, Islamic Awakening and the Liberation of Palestine was held in Tehran, Iran. The main focus of the conference was to bring together experts and university scholars to brainstorm the best ways to destroy Israel. A number of prominent jihadists addressed the conference, including Hamas Prime Minster Ismail Haniyeh and representatives from Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad.

International Conference on Resistance, Islamic Awakening and Liberation of Palestine held in Tehran

International Conference on Resistance, Islamic Awakening and Liberation of Palestine. Credit: Iran News Agency

In his speech, which was broadcast via video link, Haniyeh emphasized Hamas’ long-standing position that it will never recognize Israel. The Hamas leader thanked his Iranian hosts for their support of Hamas.

Haniyeh also praised Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for marking the last Friday of Ramadan as “World Quds Day” (Jerusalem Day) and claiming that the “Zionist occupation of Jerusalem is invalid and therefore its demise is inevitable.”

Ismail Haniyeh Conference Tehran

Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh via video link during the conference in Tehran.

In addition, Khamenei urged Haniyeh not to give up any Palestinian lands nor recognize Israel in exchange for peace.

Ayatollah Ali Khameini

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Credit: AFP / Getty Images

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Sources: Iran Daily Brief, Al Alam


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