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Monday, January 12, 2009

Just in case you were wondering who calls the shots for Hamas ...

This past weekend while I sat in my usual online chatroom discussing politics, our regular group of trolls made their appearances, and tried to speak about the Israeli invasion of Gaza. According to them Hamas is run by the Palestinians, and they are the military wing of the Palestinian Authority. In other words, these tools were trying to legitimize Hamas instead of identifying it for what it is, which is a terrorist group. Today the J-Post notes that the Palestinian Authority isn't calling the shots for Hamas. Iran is:

Iran is exerting heavy pressure on Hamas not to accept the Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire with Israel, an Egyptian government official said on Sunday.

The official told The Jerusalem Post by phone that two senior Iranian officials who visited Damascus recently warned Hamas leaders against accepting the proposal.

His remarks came as Hamas representatives met in Cairo with Egyptian Intelligence Chief Gen. Omar Suleiman and his aides to discuss ways of ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip.

The Hamas representatives reiterated their opposition to a cease-fire that did not include the reopening of all the border crossings into the Gaza Strip, Hamas spokesmen said on Sunday.

The spokesmen said Hamas voiced its strong opposition to the idea of deploying an international force inside the Gaza Strip.

The Egyptian official said that the two Iranian emissaries, Ali Larijani, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, and Said Jalili of the Iranian Intelligence Service, met in the Syrian capital with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal and Islamic Jihad Secretary-General Ramadan Shallah.

"As soon as the Iranians heard about the Egyptian cease-fire initiative, they dispatched the two officials to Damascus on an urgent mission to warn the Palestinians against accepting it," the Egyptian government official told the Post.

"The Iranians threatened to stop weapons supplies and funding to the Palestinian factions if they agreed to a cease-fire with Israel. The Iranians want to fight Israel and the US indirectly. They are doing this through Hamas in Palestine and Hizbullah in Lebanon".

The official pointed out that the Iranians were applying "double standards" regarding the current conflict - on the one hand, they encouraged Iranian men to volunteer to fight alongside Hamas; on the other hand, Iran's spiritual leader, Ali Khamenei, told the volunteers that they would not be permitted to join the fight against Israel.

"The Iranians never fired one bullet at Israel," he said. "But now they are trying to appear as if they are participating in the war against Israel. The leaders of Teheran don't care about the innocent civilians who are being killed in the Gaza Strip".

Tehran NEVER cared about the plight of the Palestinians. They have funneled money and weapons to the Palestinians because they want them to wage war against Israel. Iran wanted the war to begin with in the hopes that it would take the scrutiny off of their nuclear program, but now this puts the microscope back on them.

Did anyone really doubt that Iran had any involvement in this war? Seriously? We're hearing rumblings of Hezbollah is gearing up to possibly begin a northern front against Israel in an effort to give Hamas some breathing room. And there's no speculation as to who is behind Hezbollah. Syria maybe commanding them, but Iran is behind them, as well. In fact the argument could even be made that Iran is pushing Syria, as well.

We can't stress this enough: Iran wanted this war. They wanted it very badly. The question remains as to whether or not Iran can actually win in this conflict, and that "win" would be in getting Israel to back down. That doesn't appear to be happening. Israel has hit a lot of the caches in Gaza, taking away Hamas' ability to use larger weapons. Steve Schippert at ThreatsWatch notes that the anti-tank weapons that Iran supplied aren't being used. Hamas is using EFPs against the Israeli tanks.

Provided that Israel doesn't let up, they can deal a death blow to Hamas, and embarrass Iran in the process. Once they're done in Gaza they may want to turn their eye towards Iran, and do what they know they have to do to keep their country safe from Iran's machinations.

Publius II


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