Signs of confrontation inside Lebanon.. What is happening between Fatah and Hezbollah?

The Fatah movement’s recent attack on Iran, accusing it of “causing chaos, chaos, and chaos in the Palestinian internal arena,” cannot but reflect on Lebanon and the front erupting on its southern border.


In practice, the movement is an essential element in the camps, and its interaction with “Hezbollah” is considered a fait accompli due to the presence of common interests at certain points.. But, will the recent attack on Iran affect the relationship between the two parties? What does this mean for the southern front?


The Fatah attack on Tehran at the present time may be linked to the course of events in the West Bank, and the existing fears of the outbreak of a new front there, especially since there are armed groups that have become active in parallel with the open Gaza front.
Implicitly, the Fatah movement fears that the tension in the West Bank will lead Israel to take major military steps that would open a heated confrontation, which would contribute to weakening the Palestinian Authority there or even in Gaza at a later time.


The most important thing is that the speech directed by the “Fatah” movement towards Iran coincided with armed activities in various areas of the West Bank, while the most influential event is related to what was announced about the seizure of smuggled weapons originating from Lebanon, while the Israeli “Shin Bet” agency said that the senior official In the Fatah movement, Munir al-Maqdah is one of the most prominent participants in this smuggling operation.


The irony is that Maqdah refrained from making any statement regarding these accusations, and provided information “Lebanon 24” The latter instructed his aides to respond to these accusations by sharing a link to a statement that included an explicit declaration of continuing resistance against Israel within the Palestinian territories, without ever commenting on the content of the accusations leveled against him regarding weapons smuggling.


Splits within Fatah?


The most frequently asked question here is related to the existing conflict in the file at hand. The Fatah movement accuses Iran of smuggling weapons into the West Bank, while Al-Maqdah, a major general in Fatah itself, is involved in these operations, according to the allegations of the Israelis, who say that the latter is in coordination with Hezbollah. And the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to complete the smuggling.. The question here is: Is Al-Maqdah considered a dissident element from “Fatah” in this file, so he coordinates with the party regardless of the decision of its leadership? What is his true role? Are there currents within the movement that support Tehran and others that oppose it?


Fatah sources tell…“Lebanon 24” Al-Maqdah has security responsibility in the movement, and therefore he represents “Fatah” through his position and role. She adds: “Israel claims that Al-Maqdah is the participant in smuggling these weapons, but what is the proof behind that?” It is known that Iran is the one that smuggles these weapons to armed cells in the West Bank, and there are many ways and methods for this matter.”


What about the relationship with “Hezbollah”?


The “Fatah” accusation leveled against Tehran may also include all of the latter’s arms in the region, including “Hezbollah.” Here, it can be said that the movement’s accusations against Iran of destabilizing the West Bank may apply to Hezbollah, which is resorting to a new, unannounced plan in coordination with various forces of the “Axis of Resistance,” whose goal is to move fighting cells against Israel in the West Bank, and thus make that front Burning in the face of Israel, even if the rate of fire there is less severe than that witnessed in Gaza.


Implicitly, the path taken by the “Fatah” movement against Iran does not necessarily mean a severance of the relationship between the movement and the party, especially inside Lebanon, and “Fatah” sources tell“Lebanon 24” Coordination with the party exists on more than one level, especially when it comes to the security of the camps, while agreement on the principle of resistance to Israel is inevitable between the two parties.


According to the sources, playing on the string of “destabilizing relations” between the party and “Fatah” had previously occurred during the Ain al-Hilweh clashes months ago, specifically when it was said that the party had contributed greatly to protecting the back of the “Hamas” movement by non-publicly supporting the clashes. Which took place against “Fatah” through extremist groups, most notably “Jund al-Sham” and “Muslim Youth.”


Despite everything that happened, the relationship between the party and “Fatah” was not broken despite the great conflict, and therefore any settlement between the two parties inside Lebanon will remain confined to here, knowing that each arena is different from another, and each front has its own specificity… just as Lebanon has its own specificity that It takes care of the party’s relationship with Fatah, as the West Bank has its own privacy and the movement has its own opinion about what is happening there, independent of its relations with other parties, whether inside or outside Palestine.

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