‘Political Developments’ – Hezbollah, Hamas Leaders Discuss Gaza Ceasefire, Affirm Unity

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary-General of Hezbollah, received a leadership delegation from Hamas headed by Brother Dr. Khalil Al-Hayya. (Photo: via Hezbollah military media)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Hezbollah confirmed that Nasrallah hosted a Hamas delegation led by Al-Hayya, during which they reviewed the latest security and political developments in Gaza.

The Lebanese group Hezbollah announced on Friday that its Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah discussed recent developments in the Gaza Strip and ceasefire negotiations with Khalil al-Hayya, the deputy head of the Palestinian Movement Hamas.

In a statement, Hezbollah confirmed that Nasrallah hosted a Hamas delegation led by Al-Hayya, during which they reviewed the latest security and political developments in Palestine, particularly Gaza.

“The meeting reviewed the latest security and political developments in Palestine in general and Gaza in particular, as well as the conditions of the support fronts in Lebanon, Yemen, and Iraq,” the statement read.

The statement further mentioned that Nasrallah and the Hamas delegation discussed “the latest developments in the ongoing negotiations and their atmosphere, along with the proposals aimed at reaching a halt to the treacherous aggression against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip”.

“Both parties affirmed the continuation of field and political coordination on all fronts to achieve the desired goals,” the statement concluded.

Possible Agreement

On Wednesday, the Palestinian movement Hamas announced that it had headed a response to the ceasefire proposal. Israeli officials reportedly indicated that the response has given mediators hope, though many issues still need resolution. The specifics of these issues were not disclosed.

On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved sending the negotiating team to Doha after Israel received a response from Hamas regarding a proposed prisoner exchange agreement.

Neither Israel, Hamas, nor the mediators have released details of the response provided by Hamas on Wednesday.

Reuters news agency reported on Friday that an American delegation would also participate in the Doha meetings.

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An American official stated that Hamas had made a significant amendment to its position, potentially advancing the negotiation process and laying the groundwork for a detainee agreement and a ceasefire in Gaza.

However, the official noted that the agreement is unlikely to be finalized within a few days, with outstanding issues revolving around the implementation of the agreement.

An Israeli official also expressed optimism about reaching an agreement following Hamas’s latest response, acknowledging the difficulty of the terms but emphasizing they should not obstruct the deal.

Another official indicated that the success of the agreement depends on Netanyahu’s decision.

Northern Front

A major escalation was witnessed on the Lebanese front on Thursday as Hezbollah responded to the assassination of one of its leaders and continued its bombing operations in support of the Palestinian Resistance in Gaza.

Hundreds of missiles and drones were launched from Lebanon, targeting over 100 sites in the Upper, Lower, and Western Galilee, the Golan Heights, and the coastal areas of Nahariya and Acre, according to Al-Jazeera. 

Consequently, dozens of fires reportedly broke out in various locations in the Galilee and the Golan Heights. 

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An Israeli soldier was reportedly killed and others were wounded as a result of a missile attack from Lebanon that targeted their vehicle.

Additionally, sirens were heard again in all the towns of the Hula Valley and the settlements of the occupied Golan Heights following the shelling from Lebanon, the report added.

Heightened Tensions

Since the start of the Israeli war on Gaza, on October 7, the Lebanese movement Hezbollah has engaged directly, but relatively in a limited way in the war against the Israeli occupation.

According to Hezbollah sources, the movement has carried out 1,194 military operations in the first 250 days of war, killing and wounding over 2,000 Israeli soldiers.

Israel has occupied parts of Lebanon for decades and has only left the country in 2000, following stiff Lebanese resistance under Hezbollah’s leadership. 

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It attempted to re-occupy Lebanon in 2006 but failed in what Lebanon considers a major victory against Israel. 

Israel, however, continues to occupy parts of Lebanon, namely the Sheeba Farms region.

Hezbollah has vowed to recover every inch of Lebanon that has been occupied by Israel contrary to international law.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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