Iran Quadruples Hamas Funding
Iranian support for the terror group has skyrocketed to more than $30 million per month in exchange for gathering intelligence, increasing from the previous amount of under $6 million per month.
As reported by Channel 12 in Israel, a high-level meeting between leaders of the political wing of Hamas and Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei took place this week. The agreement proposed by the parties outlines future cooperation between their organizations, specifically the quid-pro-quo of increased funding for intelligence relating to Israeli missile positions, as well as rehabilitation of relations between Hamas and the Syrian government to be facilitated by Iran.
The justification for the partnership was largely predicated on their shared intention of destroying Israel, now developing into a common strategic plan. Saleh Arouri, leader of the Iranian delegation and deputy chief of Hamas, is quoted as saying: “We are on the same path as the Islamic Republic – the path of battling the Zionist entity”.
Additionally, the two parties recently concluded that any conflict between Israel and Iran should be a multi-front affair, with Hamas and Iran cooperatively coordinating attacks from the Gaza Strip to pull attention away from the front in the North on either the Lebanese or Syrian borders.
The Israeli government has not put out an official response to any of these actions, though UN Ambassador Danny Danon commented that “despite lacking food or medicine, Iran/Hamas evidently have plenty of money for terror.”
Hamas officials just left Tehran with reportedly an increase to $30 million/month in support. Despite lacking food or medicine, Iran/Hamas evidently have plenty of money for terror. Israel is determined to act against all branches of Iran's terror operations. pic.twitter.com/myZouPMKvT— Ambassador Danny Danon | דני דנון (@dannydanon) August 5, 2019
As Arouri said last year, “Iran is the only country that says that entity [Israel] is cancerous and should be uprooted from the region. It is the only country that is prepared to provide real and public support to the Palestinian resistance and others to confront the entity.”
Iran has long supported the Assad regime and Hezbollah and have now increased their funding of Hamas, continuing to escalate the situation on Israel’s borders.