the United Nations, Israel and the US are proposing plans to alleviate the
suffering of the Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Iran is pledging to
continue its financial and military aid to Palestinian terror groups.
meddling in the internal affairs of the Palestinians is not new. The Iranians
have long been providing Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror groups
with money and weapons. Were it not for Iran's support, the two groups, which do
not recognize Israel's right to exist, would not have been able to remain in
power in the coastal enclave.
support for the Palestinian terror groups has a twofold goal: first, to
undermine the Palestinian Authority, which is headed by Mahmoud Abbas, and which
Tehran sees as a pawn in the hands of the US and Israel; and second, to advance
Iran's goal of destroying Israel.
this week, we received yet another reminder of Iran's true goal. The leader of
Iran's "Islamic Revolution," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that the
Palestinians will win over their enemies and will "see
the day when the fake Zionist regime" vanishes. He said that US
President Donald Trump's "evil policy" is doomed to failure.
Iran does not care about the harsh conditions of the Palestinians in the Gaza
Strip. Instead, its leaders are hoping that the Palestinians will live to see
the day Israel is eliminated. This is also why Iran continues to support any
Palestinian group that seeks to destroy Israel.
the same day that Khamenei made his statement in Tehran, one of his senior
Gheybparvar addressed a conference held in the Gaza Strip and
Tehran simultaneously. Gheybparavar is a senior officer in Iran's Revolutionary
Guards and commander of its Basij forces -- the "Mobilization Resistance
Force." This force's main mission is to suppress protests against the
regime in Tehran.
his speech via video conference, the Iranian general told representatives of
Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other terror groups that he was "proud"
of their "resistance" against Israel. He said that the
conference, which was being held under the title, "Wet Gunpowder/Resistance
Is Not Terrorism," was an expression of Arab and Islamic unity against the
enemies of the Arabs and Muslims. The Iranian general said that Iran and the
"axis of resistance" were not afraid of Trump's "threats."
Palestinian terror groups said after the conference that they were encouraged by
the Iranian general's pledge to support them in their fight against Israel and
Habib, a senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad official in the Gaza Strip, saidthat
the Iranian-Palestinian conference was both "symbolic and
significant." The conference, he said, served as a reminder that Iran
continues to support the Palestinian "resistance" and would deter
Israel from attacking the Gaza Strip in response to terror attacks on its
citizens. The speech by the Iranian general, he added, was aimed at sending a
message to the many countries to support the Palestinian "resistance"
groups in the Gaza Strip. "Israel is a potential threat to the Arabs and
Muslims," Habib said.
by the Iranian backing, several speakers at the conference called
for the formation of a "unified Arab-Islamic front"
against Israel and the US. They also stressed that the terror attacks against
Israel would continue and praised Iran for its full support for the Palestinian
factions in the Gaza Strip.
promising to continue helping the Palestinian terror groups, Iran is offering
the two million residents of the Gaza Strip more bloodshed and violence. The
Iranian general did not offer to build the Palestinians a hospital or a school.
Nor did he offer to provide financial aid to create projects that would give
jobs to unemployed Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. His message to the
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip: Iran will give you as much money and weapons as
you need, as long as you are committed to the jihad (holy war) against Israel
and the "big Satan," the US.
Iranian message to the Palestinian terror groups came at a time when several
international parties are trying to resolve the "humanitarian and
economic" crisis in the Gaza Strip. These efforts are spearheaded by the
UN's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay
Mladenov, who in recent weeks has been on a mission to prevent
another war in the Gaza Strip.
efforts are unlikely to succeed, however, as long as Iran continues its support
of the Palestinian terror groups. Iran apparently wants to retain control over
its Palestinian proxies to prevent any peace and stability between Arabs and
Israel. Iran is not helping the terror groups out of love for the Palestinians,
but in order to advance its goal of eliminating the "fake Zionist
anyone is worried about the Iranian meddling in the internal affairs of the
Palestinians, it is Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his ruling
Fatah faction. "We don't want to become a pawn in the hands of Iran," said
Ra'fat Elayan, a senior Fatah official. "Iran is using Hamas and
Palestinian Islamic Jihad as a maneuvering card against Israel and the US, and
this will have a negative impact on the just Palestinian cause. We have
repeatedly warned the two groups of the Iranian intervention in Palestinian
it appears that Hamas wants to have it both ways. On the one hand, Hamas wants
the international community to step in and help the people of the Gaza Strip. On
the other hand, Hamas wants Iran to continue funding its terrorism. The same
Hamas that is telling UN representatives that it wants to improve the living
conditions of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip is the one that is reaching out its
hand to Iran to receive funds and weapons.
can take a tip from Abbas's and Fatah's anxiety: If they are worried about
Iran's ongoing efforts to infiltrate the Palestinian arena, the US and the rest
of the world need to find ways to stop Iran from using the Palestinians as a
weapon in its battle to extend its control over more and more countries in the
Middle East and carry out its deadly schemes.
has brought nothing but disaster to Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Syria. Now, someone
needs to step in and stop Iran from setting foot in the Gaza Strip and using the
Palestinians as cannon fodder in Tehran's campaign against the US and Israel.
How might someone do that? It is not so complicated. Any international aid to
the Gaza Strip must be conditioned on ending Iran's destructive effort to
recruit Palestinians groups as its soldiers. It is that simple.