Under the above heading, Igor Sobotin wrote, in Nezavisimaya Gazeta, about the possibility of restoring relations between Hamas and Damascus.
The article stated: The Palestinian Hamas movement does not exclude the possibility of restoring relations, which were cut off in the early stages of the Syrian crisis, with official Damascus. These rumors about the possibility of normalization are not the first of their kind, but Iran and Hezbollah are now reportedly engaging in more effective mediation in the dispute between the Syrian presidential palace and the ruling movement in the Gaza Strip.
The fact that Hezbollah and Iran played a more confident mediating role is evident in the public and unofficial statements of Hamas members.
Sources in the Hamas leadership confirmed to Al-Modon that the issue of normalizing relations with official Damascus was raised more than once, but it did not receive a response in the circle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. They said that there are different views in the Syrian capital on the need to establish contacts with the Palestinian movement. While one camp calls for a pragmatic policy, the other reminds Hamas of its loyalty to the Syrian opposition in the early stages of the civil war and describes it as treason. Al-Modon’s sources confirm that a lot has changed today regarding the intensification of mediation efforts between Tehran and Hezbollah, who are concerned about the changes in the regional and international climate.
Sources close to the Palestinian movement told Al-Monitor that the group’s leadership prevented its officials from speaking in detail about the quality of relations with official Damascus, perhaps so as not to underestimate the mediators ’efforts. However, the newspaper’s interlocutors cautiously express progress on reconciliation. It is possible that Hamas itself is not opposed to the opportunity for a diplomatic breakthrough that would be a nuisance to the Israelis. Al-Monitor reported that some Hamas leaders expect to “return” to the Syrian capital due to the convergence of views on regional problems.
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