With that goal in mind in the early 1980s, the mullahs who rule Iran launched a plan to systematically bring down the Jewish state through terrorism. It continues today with the rocket attacks by Hamas from Gaza that have touched off the bloody Israeli-Palestinian war, creating a massive humanitarian crisis.
It is no coincidence that Hamas is repeating what Hezbollah did in 2006 by lobbing rockets into Israel. Does anyone doubt the call for jihad and martyrdom made by the Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the genuineness of the 70,000 Iranians who recently volunteered to become suicide martyrs to attack Israel?
Since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, it has been the mullahs’ official policy to expand their radical ideology by creating and strengthening various terrorist groups willing to obey their orders. It started with Hezbollah, which has become a major military and political force in Lebanon. The mullahs, through their Revolutionary Guards, provided training, financial support, and arms to the terrorists to destroy Israel.
The Guards have done the same with Hamas, whose rockets and fighters are closer to Israel. And in this current confrontation, the blood of innocent Palestinian women and children is needed for the mullahs’ propaganda machine to further their cause, create instability in the Middle East, alienate Israel by generating worldwide sympathy for the Palestinians, destroy any chance of peace between Israel and Palestine, and divert attention away from Iran and its nuclear project.
The commander of the Guards, Mohammad Jafari, made this interesting comment on the Israel-Hamas conflict: “Hamas has the necessary arms to defend Gaza and force another defeat upon Israel.” The Guards are quite aware of armaments in the possession of Hamas, because they are the source.
On January 3, Saeed Jalili, secretary general of the Supreme National Security Council and Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, met in Damascus with Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and the head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shallah (on the FBI’s most wanted list). At that meeting, Jalili reiterated Iran’s support for Hamas’ confrontation with Israel. Another senior Iranian politician, Ali Larijani, the speaker of the parliament, also held meetings with Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders in Syria. After these meetings, rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israel, threatening to open a new front. Iran can’t afford a Hamas defeat as it has invested much in that terrorist group in seeking to wage proxy war and isolate Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.