Iran and Hizbullah Announce Military Support for Gaza
Protective Edge: Iran and Hizbullah Announce Military Support for Gaza's Terrorist Organizations
29 July 2014
In recent days, especially on the background of Iran's "al-Quds [Jerusalem] Day" (25 July), senior Iranian officials have expressed their support for increasing military assistance to the terror organizations in the Gaza Strip, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Hizbullah, a client terrorist organization of Iran in Lebanon, also pledged support.
•Iranian Parliamentary Speaker,
Ali Larijani, admitted that Iran shared with [terror]
organizations in Gaza its military technology which serves
them in the current fighting and will keep on doing so.
Larijani also said that Palestinians' clear needs are basic
goods and weapons, and Iran is playing a significant role in
supplying these essential needs.
(al-Alam, Iranian TV in Arabic, 27 July)
•Iranian Supreme Leader,
Ayatollah Khamenei, said that "Tel Aviv’s unimaginable
crimes show the innate reality of Israel, whose only cure is
annihilation… Of course until then, Palestinians’
resolute, armed resistance and its expansion to the West
Bank is the only way to confront this savage regime.”
(Press TV, 28 July)
•Under Supreme leader
Khamenei 's instructions, Iranian Revolutionary Guards are
promoting fund raising campaigns to assist Palestinians in
smuggling weapons into the West Bank.
(Basij website, 27 July)
•Secretary of the Expediency Discernment
Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohsen Rezaei sent
a letter to Muhammad Daif, commander of Hamas' al-Qassam
Martyrs Brigades, promising him that any weapons Hamas needs
will be sent in every possible way.
•The Commander of Iran's Basij Force (a paramilitary
militia operating under the Islamic Revolutionary Guards
Corps), Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, said that the
government should use this huge capacity and popular backup
for defending the Palestinians. At present, the Iranian
Basijis are ready for jihad on the Palestinian fronts, and
are waiting for the Supreme Leader's order."
(Fars, 26 July)
•The Commander of the Islamic Revolution
Guards Corps (IRGC), Aerospace Force, Brigadier General Amir
Ali Hajizadeh, underscored the necessity of arming the
Palestinians in the West Bank: "We believe the West Bank,
too, should be armed just like Gaza." He stated that the
move will speed up Israel's annihilation.
(Fars, 25 July)
•Hizbullah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, also emphasized his obligation to assisting terror organizations in Gaza:
"Iran and Syria along with the resistance
in Lebanon, particularly Hizbullah, have not fallen short in
supporting the Palestinian resistance for years with all
available media, financial and logistical means. Hizbullah
did and will continue to stand by the Palestinian people and
by the resistance in Palestine. Hizbullah did not spare any
support for the resistance. We tell our brothers in Gaza we
are with you and beside you and we will do anything that we
perceive is a duty on all fronts."
(al-Manar TV, 25 July)
•Nasrallah also met Iranian Deputy Foreign
Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdolahian, in Lebanon to discuss
coordination of planned support to the [terror]
organizations in Gaza.
(Al-Alam, Iranian TV in Arabic, 27)