Two political parties in the Middle East designated as terror groups by Canada predict the Islamic State movement won’t survive and question why they’re blacklisted when co-operation could defeat the common enemy.
Representatives of both Hezbollah and Hamas in Lebanon have separately condemned ISIL in rare meetings with The Canadian Press.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has denounced the jihadist militants, a position he has used to buttress Canada’s involvement in the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.
National security is a leading issue in the Oct. 19 federal election.
ISIL is “not accepted” by most Muslims represented by Hamas, said its boss in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan.
“In Gaza, we do have the resolution to deal harshly and prevent these groups,” he said.
A source close to Hezbollah’s top leadership said extremist movements “mushroom, but they never last and don’t find a place with moderate Sunnis and Shias.
“There will always be radical thinking in the world,” said the man, who agreed to speak on anonymity, through a translator.
“We had called for the largest coalition to fight terrorism. We had also called upon religious scholars in this region to condemn this phenomenon.”
A political analyst with the American University of Beirut said the tough talk could signal more shifting alliances.
“It’s possible you could have Canada and the U.S. working with Hezbollah and Hamas against ISIL if they’re seen as a common threat — which they are,” said Rami Khouri, who has 45 years of experience in the region.
I don’t think that would be a good idea.