Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

Islamic Jihad Leaders Confirm Iranian Involvement in Gaza

November 20, 2012 3:11 pm 1 comment

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Photo: Screenshot.

In separate interviews, Islamic Jihad leaders have confirmed that Iran has supplied Gaza terrorist groups with long-range Fajr-5 rockets, despite Iranian denials.

On Sunday, following a speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah praising Hamas’s firing of Iran’s Fajr-5 rockets, Iran’s leaders sought to downplay its involvement in Gaza.

“The resistance” does not need Iranian rockets and claimed Iran’s support for Hamas extended only to “spiritual support,” said Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of the Iranian parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee.

However, during an interview on Lebanese TV, senior Islamic Jihad leader Khaled al-Batsh also confirmed Iran’s involvement, “Of course they [Fajr-5 rockets] are 100% Iranian made, received by the Resistance in the framework of the legitimate aid which the Islamic Republic gives to the Palestinian people,” according to a translated video posted by the blog Elder of Ziyon.

Separately, the Jerusalem Post—citing Islamic Jihad deputy leader Ziad Nakhleh—reported that rockets fired by Hamas at Israeli towns and cities “are of Iranian origin.”

Iran’s involvement in Gaza has generated growing tensions between Egypt, Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

According to a report in Israel Hayom that cited Egyptian media reports, the mood between Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza is tense, with Hamas leaders blaming Jihad rocket fire on Israel as the cause of the death of Hamas terrorist chief Ahmed Jabari.

The reports also indicate that Hamas is “furious” with Islamic Jihad for not being flexible enough in negotiations for a ceasefire and that Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi called Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to bring the head of Islamic Jihad, Ramadan Salah, onboard with a ceasefire.

Hamas, which had been long allied with Iran, had a falling out with the Islamic Republic after it abandoned its offices in Damascus amid the Syrian civil war. Since then, Hamas has gravitated towards Sunni Arab allies Egypt, Turkey and Qatar. Late last month, Qatari emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, became the first Arab head of state to visit Gaza under Hamas’s rule.

1 Comment

  • Lawrence Kulak

    We should never have withdrawn from Gaza, and all these rockets on Ashkelon and nearby were predicted at the time of the Gaza withdrawal. This is what you get when you cede Jewish land to a bunch of animals. The more cornered and hapless the Arab population of the West Bank and Gaza felt the more apt they would be to abandon any claims of sovereignty and the more ridiculous those claims would look over time. Sharon made a mistake, a military calculation, but a political mistake. While disengaging did give us the right to go to war with Hamas, what benefit does that yield to us in the long run? If we destroy them enough, we will be forced by the world to talk peace which could result in a Palestinian State. On the other hand, if we had deemed Jewish settlements as irreversible facts on the ground, in time the world might see that the Arab cannot accept the Jew in his midst. Any notions of Judenrein in the Biblical home of the Jews equals a de facto State of War whether Israel’s leaders want to accept it or not. The chickens are now coming home to roost. Gaza, oh he beautiful settlements of Gaza which we stupidly gave away to animals who want to kill us.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition. Comments written in all caps will be deleted.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Food Jewish Identity Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

    Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

    JNS.org – Several Viennese Jews have made a lasting impact on the world. Sigmund Freud’s investigations changed the face of modern psychology. Composer Arnold Schoenberg’s innovations in atonal music changed the face of music. These days, even more Jews — in particular, Israeli Jews — are changing the face of Vienna’s culinary scene with innovations in…the art of the pita. Freudians may find a psychoanalytic motive for the local appeal of the Israeli eateries popping up in the Austrian capital. Walk […]

    Read more →
  • Features Opinion In Iraqi Kurdistan, a Genocide Before Our Very Eyes

    In Iraqi Kurdistan, a Genocide Before Our Very Eyes

    The two bullet casings are already beginning to rust. Sheikh Nasser Pasha plucks them from the ground. “Look, one is from an AK-47, one from an American M-4.” The casings are strewn on the ground atop a long mound of dirt with a few bits of white sticks on it. It would appear unremarkable if one were walking by it. A closer look, however, reveals the white objects are pieces of human bone: arms, legs, and a single human skull. […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Features Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    JNS.org – About two-dozen people file into Dodd 175 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus on a Thursday night, scouting out seats and picking at the kosher pizza in the back of the lecture hall. Miyelani Pinini knows the drill. A former student president of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, she’s attended and even organized her share of free-pizza events. But now she and a fellow South African student leader were the stars of this […]

    Read more →
  • Food Spirituality/Tradition The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    JNS.org – It’s widely known that Israel has penetrated the wine market, with some of its sophisticated Israeli blends surpassing historically excellent wines from areas such as the Napa Valley or Bordeaux. But what about beer? For decades, Israel has offered solely the Maccabi and Nesher brands. Not anymore. “There is a huge push of people making beer at home. The country is approaching over 30 craft breweries in the last year or two, making nearly 200 beers,” says Avi Moskowitz, […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Actress Natalie Portman acted like a typical “Jewish mother” on the set of her latest movie, Jane Got a Gun, the Israeli-born star told the New York Post‘s Page Six on Sunday. The 34-year-old, who also co-produced the western, said she made it her job to look out for everyone involved in the project, because the film has had to overcome “so many obstacles,” such as losing its director early on. She explained: “Actors changed. We suffered financial and legal challenges. We endured so many replacements. There were delays. […]

    Read more →
  • Israel Music Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    “We’re looking very much forward to coming back to Israel this summer,” said the lead singer of the German rock band Scorpions in a video on Monday. “Make sure you don’t miss it because we rock you like a hurricane!” said a jovial Klaus Meine, quoting the band’s seminal 1984 anthem, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” The hard rock band lands in Israel for a show at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena on July 14 as part of its 50th anniversary tour. It will be the band’s third time […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Book Reviews The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel were the two most immediate and authentic literary voices who gave witness to the Holocaust. Wiesel was an extrovert and a very public figure who wrote initially in French. Levi was a modest retiring chemist who wrote in Italian. Whereas Wiesel was rooted in the Eastern European Jewish Hassidic world, Levi was the product of an assimilated, secular Italian society that saw itself as Italian first and Jewish as an accident of birth. As Levi himself said, “At Auschwitz I […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Lifestyle Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    JNS.org – Wine has long been considered a social lubricant, and it’s Nir Lavie’s hope that wine from his Har Bracha Winery in the Samarian hills will serve as a social lubricant between the city-goers of Tel Aviv and the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, two locales split geographically, and often politically, on the left and right of the country. The new flagship store of Har Bracha has recently popped its corks on 190 Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv, […]

    Read more →