Tehran attempted to take some credit for Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7 as part of revenge for the killing of a senior Iranian official, but the Hamas terror group flatly denied the claims in a strange dispute between close allies.
“It is natural for Hamas to deny any connection here to avoid giving Israel more reason to continue its military mission against the terrorist group,” Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Fox NewsDigital.
“Iran is seeking to wash away blood with blood since the murder of Soleimani, whose anniversary is near and it hopes to create hype,” Taleblu explained. “It is no surprise that the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism would seek to resort to terror in response to the loss of its top terrorist mastermind. »
Middle Eastern media outlet Al Jazeera, owned by the Qatari government, reported Wednesday that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards claimed the October 7 attack, known as Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, was “one responses to the assassination of Qasem Soleimani.
Hamas, however, immediately rejected Iran’s statement, stressing that the group had “repeatedly” confirmed the “motives and reasons” for the attack, which it called “acts of Palestinian resistance… in response to the Zionist occupation and its continued aggression against our country.” people and our holy places,” the Jerusalem Post reported.
“Focusing on the ends, defined here as hitting the Jewish state, often matters more than the means or any intervening political motivation,” Taleblu argued. “This is what makes Iran a successful patron of its proxy network. »
“It is natural for Hamas to deny any connection here in order to avoid giving Israel more reasons to continue its military mission against the terrorist group,” he added.
Iran’s assertion follows the death of another senior IRGC adviser in Damascus on Monday, which the group called an “act of terrorism” committed by Israel, according to Iranian state media.
The Wall Street Journal, immediately after October 7, reported that Iran had helped plan the attack and train the Hamas terrorists before its execution.
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Hamas strongly and repeatedly denied Iranian involvement, and Iran initially claimed it had no prior knowledge of the attack.
U.S. leaders also said they saw no evidence that Iran was helping Hamas plan the attacks — information the U.S. has since reiterated, which makes Iran’s sudden statement so surprising and perplexing. .
“It is clear that although Iran has been Hamas’ primary supporter, it did not flip the switch to tell Hamas to carry out its horrific attack on Israel on October 7,” said Secretary Joel Rubin. Deputy of State for Internal Affairs during Obama’s term. administration, told Fox News Digital.
“The result is that Hamas is increasingly frustrated that its patron, Iran, has not pressured other militant groups, such as Hezbollah, to attack Israel consistently,” he said. he argued. “Iran is responding to these concerns by slowly activating its network, but U.S. responses to Iranian proxy attacks have been swift and effective. »
Hamas is just one of nearly two dozen proxy groups that Iran funds and supports in the Middle East as part of its campaign against the region’s rival nations, including the Houthis in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Some of these other proxy groups have attempted to either expand the conflict with Israel or attack U.S. military resources and forces in the Middle East in order to disrupt U.S. support for Israel.
The US Navy on Tuesday shot down 12 one-way attack drones, three anti-ship ballistic missiles and two land attack missiles fired by the Houthis over a 12-hour period, US Central Command reported this week.
The Houthis have launched nearly 100 drones since October 17 – much of their means provided by Iran.
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