Islamist terror group Hamas confirmed the restoration of ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran after a five-year rift in the wake of the Syrian conflict, Associated Press reports. Iran, a Shia theocracy, has renewed the funding for the Gaza-based Sunni terrorist outfit to boost its terror campaign against Israel.
Hamas, part of the notorious Muslim Brotherhood movement, took control of Gaza more than ten years ago. Hamas then launched a deadly campaign of terror aimed at Israeli civilians -- firing off over 10,000 rockets at Israeli towns and cities.
For nearly forty years, the Shia-Islamist regime of Iran has funded, trained and armed Islamist terror groups across the world regardless of their ethnic or sectarian makeup. The Obama-backed nuclear deal with Iran has been a windfall for Iranian-sponsored terror groups as well. The deal gave Iran access to more than $100 billion of its frozen overseas assets. Iran now also has greater access to the international banking system.
Earlier this month, Tehran hosted a delegation of senior Hamas operatives to discuss the renewal of funding. The visit coincided with the swearing-in ceremony of Iran’s newly appointed President Hassan Rouhani. Associated Press reported:
Hamas’ new leader in the Gaza Strip said Monday his group has repaired relations with Iran after a five-year rift and is using its newfound financial and military aid to gear up for new hostilities with Israel.
The announcement by Yehiyeh Sinwar came as U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was visiting Israel. At a meeting with the U.N. chief, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu complained about what he called rising anti-Israel activity by Iran and its allies in the region.
Iran was once the top backer of Hamas, an Islamic militant group that seeks Israel’s destruction. But Hamas broke with Iran in 2012 after the group refused to support Iran’s close ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the Syrian civil war.
During a four-hour meeting with journalists, Sinwar said those ties have been restored and are stronger than ever.
“Today, the relationship with Iran is excellent, or very excellent,” Sinwar said. He added that the Islamic Republic is “the largest backer financially and militarily” to Hamas’ military wing.
During his trip to the Middle East four months ago, U.S. President Donald Trump had accused the Iranian regime of financing international terrorism. “From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms and trains terrorists, militias and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region,” President Trump said.
With thousands of Hezbollah fighters pinned down in Syria to keep Iran-backed Assad Regime in power, Tehran is desperately looking for other means to carry out hostilities with Israel.
The reemergence of the Iran-Hamas axis once again shows that radical Muslims are capable of putting aside their Shia-Sunni feud -- albeit temporarily -- to wage war on kuffars, or "non-believers," under the common banner of Jihad.