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Iran officials admit supplying missile technology to Hamas to wipe out Israel

Tuesday, August 5th 2014 - 07:03 UTC
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“Palestinian resistance missiles are the blessings of Iran's transfer of technology” said Rezaei who is also accused of masterminding a terrorist attack in Buenos Aires “Palestinian resistance missiles are the blessings of Iran's transfer of technology” said Rezaei who is also accused of masterminding a terrorist attack in Buenos Aires

Two senior Iranian officials told an Arabic-language television channel on Monday that Tehran has supplied missile technology to Hamas for its fight against Israel. Revolutionary Guard commander Mohammad Ali Jafari warned in an interview with the Arabic channel of Iran's state Al-Alam television that Palestinian resistance to Israeli aggression is “endless and growing.”

 Iran is prepared to support the Palestinian resistance with weapons and technology transfers Jafari said, and makes no distinction between Shiite and Sunni factions of the embattled populations under Israeli blockade.

“The Zionist regime [of Israel] will collapse soon as a result of the unity among Shia and Sunni Muslims and we are ready for that day,” Jafari said.

Mohsen Rezaei, another former guard commander who is now a senior advisor to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Tehran had already provided Hamas with missile-building technology being used in fighting against Israel Defense Forces in the Gaza Strip.

“Palestinian resistance missiles are the blessings of Iran's transfer of technology,” Rezaei was quoted as telling the broadcaster.

Mohsen Rezaei, is also mentioned as one of the masterminds in the investigation referred to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish institution in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people and left hundreds injured and flattened the several stories building.

More than 3,000 rockets have been launched by Hamas in recent weeks from the blockaded seaside Palestinian enclave, spurring an Israeli air offensive July 8 and a ground operation nine days later aimed at ridding Gaza of its tunnels and missile-firing sites.

Rezaei said he had asked Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to provide air defense systems to Gaza to protect Palestinians from Israeli war planes, which have carried out more than 4,600 air strikes on the tiny coastal strip since the latest Hamas-Israel battle began four weeks ago.

”The Americans in recent days approved about 300 million dollars to strengthen (Israel's) Iron Dome,” Rezaei said he pointed out to the president.

Al-Alam said 1,822 Palestinians, mostly civilians, had been killed in the four weeks of fighting. Israel has reported that more than 60 of its soldiers have been killed in the fierce clashes, as well as three civilians.

The comments by Jafari and Rezaei followed an appeal last week by Khamenei for Muslims worldwide to help Palestinians defend themselves from the Israeli attacks.

Iran doesn't recognize Israel as a state and openly supports the militias, including Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah, fighting to drive Israelis from territory the Palestinians claim for the state they have declared in the West Bank and Gaza.

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  • Briton

    Now why are we not surprised at this information,

    behind every evil intent-is another hyena, waiting and laughing..

    Aug 05th, 2014 - 07:56 am 0
  • Leiard

    “Start with Gaza”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/opinion/roger-cohen-start-with-gaza.html?_r=0

    Aug 05th, 2014 - 10:47 am 0
  • Idlehands

    This is stupid for 2 reasons.

    1) Iranian backing will harm public relations for the Palestinians in the West - which is the only asset they have

    2) With Israeli overwhelming military superiority any improvement in Gazan capabilities will unleash even more firepower from Israel. It is an arms race Hamas cannot win.

    Israel needs to withdraw from the West bank and unilaterally create a Palestinian state. Whatever happens afterwards can be dealt with at the time. If Hamas still insist on firing rockets they will continue to be bombed.

    Israel has run out of international goodwill and needs to act.

    Aug 05th, 2014 - 11:13 am 0
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