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November 20, 2012 3:11 pm
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Islamic Jihad Leaders Confirm Iranian Involvement in Gaza

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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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