Members of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Hamas movement, in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah on January 31, 2017. © Flash90

A car bomb exploded on the passage of a Ramallah delegation composed of personalities including Rami Hamdallah, the prime minister of the Palestinian Autonomous Authority, and Majid Faraj, the head of the Palestinian intelligence.

The attack that took place at the border crossing of Beit Hanoun, made wounded among the escort of the delegation. Fatah immediately accused Hamas of planning the operation without any evidence. Ridiculous because the Hamas authorities have been trying for weeks to strengthen national unity at a time when the Palestinian cause is in danger.

Is it an attack under the false banner?

Given the circumstances and the geopolitical context of the Palestinian cause, it is likely to be a false flag operation, concocted by the Mossad. The question is: Who benefits from this attack? Israel and Mossad, of course, who fear an inevitable inter-Palestinian rapprochement as recent US decisions on the holy city of Quds have united Palestinian nationalists and the Islamic Resistance more than ever.

For months, US-Israeli efforts through Egypt have been to disarm the armed branches of Fatah (Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades) and Hamas (Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades).

Following intensifying tensions between Israel and Syria, several Palestinian factions have threatened to open a front in Gaza against Israel if it goes to war against Syria, Lebanon or Iran.

Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Popular Resistance Movement and the Palestinian Freedom Movement have declared their support for Syria and Iran and promised not to remain silent if Israel attacked one of the two countries.

Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, said they would do their best to protect the Palestinian people and respond to any Israeli aggression following the incidents on the Syrian border with occupied Palestine (says Israel)

According to statements by Mahmoud Mardawi, a Hamas leader in Gaza and former military commander of the Brigades in an interview with Al-Monitor news website, “Hamas’s stance on the events in Syria sends a a clear and uncompromising message to Israel. That the Gaza front will not be easier to defeat than the Syrian and Lebanese and Gaza fronts and that Israel will not be able to divide them. Hamas is also trying to reassure the Palestinian population that the idea of ​​a new war on Gaza is worrying, saying that the Qassam brigades are capable of responding to the Israeli threat.

“Hamas also wants to show Syria that if Israel attacks it, it will stand by it so that it does not have to face the enemy alone, as it did in the past. It will be harder for Israel to attack Gaza, Lebanon or Syria, “Mardawi adds.

Maher al-Taher, the PFLP-based director of political relations in Damascus, told Al-Mayadeen on February 10 that an Israeli war against Lebanon, Syria or Gaza would necessarily turn into a wider conflict over all of them. fronts at a time.

Hassan Hoballah, who is currently overseeing Hezbollah’s Palestinian affairs, told Al-Monitor: “The Resistance axis will not allow Israel to wage a war of aggression against Gaza alone; field commanders have the military means to prevent this from happening. ”

Hoballah added, however: “I do not believe in an Israeli aggression against Syria, Lebanon or Gaza. It would really cost Israel too much. Resistance to powerful means, even in Gaza, and all members of the Axis are now in the same boat. ”

Recent events in Syria may have paved the way for strengthening relations between Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran, and Hamas’s demonstration of support for Syria should end dissent and allow Hamas to restore good relations with all the members of the axis of the Resistance, that is to say, Tehran, Damascus and Beirut.


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