“Our relations with Iran are based on the fact that Iran is the most hostile country in the world toward the Zionist entity,” declared Hamas.
By: JNS.org and United with Israel Staff
Iran is the only country providing military support to Hamas in its war to destroy Israel, a top Hamas official stated.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported this week that the Hamas terror group’s deputy political bureau chief, Saleh al-Arouri, told the Lebanese Al-Quds television network that Iran is the only country providing military support to Hamas to fight the “Israeli entity.”
“On the one hand, there are countries that support Israel, and conspire with it day in and day out, and sacrifice Jerusalem and the holy places, and on the other hand, we have [Iran] which provides aid against the Israeli entity,” said Arouri.
“Who supported the resistance in Lebanon until it drove out the Israeli entity? It was Iran. Who supports the resistance in Gaza and Palestine? Iran,” he added.
“Our relations with Iran are based on the fact that Iran is the most hostile country in the world toward the Zionist entity. Iran is the only country that says that this entity is cancerous. This is Iran’s official position….The aid Iran provides to the resistance is not merely symbolic. This is real aid, which is essential for the resistance to continue and be effective.”
The comments come amid nationwide protests in Iran against the country’s Islamist regime for financial corruption, and for supporting terrorist entities including Hezbollah and Hamas abroad while the economic situation for residents of Iran steadily deteriorated.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani pledged all of Iran’s “capabilities and potential” to Hamas in a phone call with the group’s leader last month.
Hamas leader Yahye Sinwar said that the general assured him, “All our of capabilities and potential are at your disposal in the battle for the defense of Jerusalem.”
Soleimani, according to Sinwar, added, “Iran, the Revolutionary Guards and Quds Force stand with all they have with our people in order to defend Jerusalem so that Jerusalem will endure as the capital of the state of Palestine.”
Sinwar said that Soleimani was in touch with the leaders of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Hamas Doesn’t Care About Gaza
Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman held an interview with the IDF’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) last month, during which he addressed the rapprochement between Iran and Hamas and the situation in the Gaza Strip on the eve of 2018.
Referring to recent reports on the strengthening of relations between Hamas and Iran, Liberman said that after the Iranians succeeded in destroying Yemen, Sudan, Lebanon and Syria, they have begun to destroy Gaza.
“The heads of the regime in Tehran are not interested in the reality in Gaza and the future of the children there. They are interested in extremist ideology and as much as possible to harm the State of Israel,” he said.
“After the Iranians come to the Gaza Strip, no international entity will invest a single penny there, and after Operation Protective Edge, we are willing to enable the international community to build multi-billion dollar projects in the Gaza Strip, but with Iran as the main entity in Gaza, no one is willing to invest,” he added.
Addressing the residents of Gaza directly, Liberman said “I suggest you think about your children, their future, and start pressing Hamas leaders to change direction. Right now it’s a flight to nowhere, but if you change the direction, believe me, you’ll build a good future here,” he said. “For your children, start putting pressure on the Hamas leadership.”
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