An anonymous source of the al-Qassam Brigades – the armed wing of Hamas – said that during the “Sixth International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada” (held in Tehran in February 2017), the Iranian regime has granted to Hamas a financial support of 27 million dollars. Practically, the money arrived to Hamas via Hezbollah, after a meeting organized in Beirut.
The relations of Iran with Hamas it’s ambivalent: for one side, Tehran has good relations with leaders like Mahmoud al-Zahar and the new head of Hamas in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar. Both of them considered hardliners. On the other side, Iran has negative relations with political leaders of Hamas like Khaled Meshaal, who was the head of the Political Bureau until few weeks ago (in these days Isma’il Hanyeh was elected has his successor).
Recently the Iranian regime has criticized the approbation of the new Chart of Hamas in which, the media reported, the Palestinian terrorist group recognized Israel between 1967 borders. After the criticism, the Hamas’s representative in Iran Khalid Qaddoumi clarified that Hamas does not recognize Israel and remains committed to the liberation of Palestine “from the sea to the (Jordan) river”.
Hamas it seems divided inside, between a maximalist line – which wants to maintain close ties with Iran and Hezbollah – and between a “political” line, which is waiting for Trump’s action to rebuild strong ties between United States and the Sunni Arab countries.