Report: Iran Supplying Weapons to Gaza, but Not to Hamas (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 03/30/12)
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The affair between the Hamas terror group and Iran may be over, but
the Islamic Republic is still supplying weapons to Gaza, according to
Amir Rapaport of the Israel Defense website.
In a report Friday, Rapaport noted that the root of the conflict
between the terror group and Iran lies with Syria.
“Iran and Hamas reached a point of conflict following Hamas’
unwillingness to support Bashar al-Assad’s actions against his own
people,” wrote Rapaport, also noting how Hamas has even begun to fold
in on itself in Syria.
“The conflict between the parties revealed that the coordination that
lasted several years between the two was not based on true love, but
rather, a scorching hatred for Israel,” wrote Rapaport. “As a matter
of fact, the people belonging to Hamas and Iran hate one another,
primarily due to profound religious differences (the Iranian regime
belongs to the Shiite faction of Islam, whereas Hamas is a devout
One of the ways the tension between Hamas and Iran is expressed,
according to Rapaport, is in the fact that the Islamic Republic has
not only completely halted funding to Hamas, but has also halted its
supply of weapons to the terror group.
However, he noted, Iran is still supplying weapons to Gaza. “The
weapon arsenal it sends to the Gaza Strip is intended solely for the
Palestinian Islamic Jihad and to organizations such as the Popular
Resistance Committees,” explained Rapaport. “In return for their
support, the organizations are asked to fire at Israel on occasion,
such as in the southern round of fire from two weeks ago, and in the
next round, which will probably happen soon.”
As far as Hamas is concerned, Rapaport noted, this is not a glorious
period. He said that after the impressive accomplishment of the
release of prisoners in the Gilad Shalit deal, the organization sunk
into a difficult period, losing its popularity in Gaza to the Islamic
Jihad, and finding it difficult to raise its head in Judea and
“It is in this sector that Israel and the Palestinian Authority
continue close intelligence cooperation intended to stop Hamas from
organizing,” he wrote.
A recent expression of the tense relations with Iran was reflected in
remarks recently made by a senior Hamas official, who claimed the
terror group will not do Iran´s bidding in any war with Israel.
Salah Bardawil, a member of Hamas’ political bureau, said, “If there
is a war between two powers, Hamas will not be part of such a war.”
Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar later sent two different signals, when
he was asked whether the group would attack Israel if it launches a
pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
He first denied the group would get involved and told the BBC, “We
are not part of any political axis. If Israel attacks us we will
respond. If they don´t, we will not get involved in any other
He later denied he made those remarks and told the semi-official
Iranian Fars news agency the BBC report was unfounded and a lie.
“Retaliation with utmost power is the position of Hamas with regard
to a Zionist war on Iran,” al-Zahar told the Iranian Fars news agency.
Al-Zahar recently visited Iran, where he met the head of Iran´s
supreme national security council, Saeed Jalili, and the speaker of
Iran´s parliament, Ali Larijani. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/30/12)
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