One thing we haven’t heard too much about recently is what’s happening in Iran — where American pastor Saeed Abedini, is still being held captive. You might recall our story here about the failure of nuclear talks and the further lifting of sanctions against the Islamist theocratic regime of Iran. So should we have lifted the sanctions against Iran?
Sure doesn’t seem like it – considering Iran seems to be still supporting Hamas.
According to the Washington Times, “When President Obama announced last year the easing of U.S. sanctions on Iran in return for concessions on its nuclear program, he cautiously hailed the deal as a “real opportunity to achieve a comprehensive, peaceful settlement” with Tehran. But while both countries work overtime on thorny nuclear issues, fresh evidence suggests Iran continues to support the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, which went to war anew this summer with Israel. U.S. and Israeli officials offer varying assessments on the depth of the current level of material support being provided to Hamas by Tehran, although sources in both Washington and Jerusalem say longtime Iranian assistance is what ultimately helped the Palestinian group build the thousands of rockets it fired at Israeli targets from Gaza starting in July.”
No, Iran hasn’t backed off on its support to Hamas — or probably Hezbollah — both of which present an existential threat to the safety, security and sovereignty of Israel. But members of the Iranian regime leadership are more than happy to admit to their support.
“Palestinian resistance missiles are the blessings of Iran’s transfer of technology,” the secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council, Mohsen Rezaei, told Al-Alam, the Arabic channel of Iran’s state TV, on Aug. 4. “We need to transfer defensive and military technology to Palestinians so that they can build weapons under the blockade and defend themselves.” According to a report on his comments by The Associated Press, Mr. Rezaei publicly called on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to provide air defense systems to Hamas to protect against airstrikes on Gaza from Israeli forces.
This means Iran is openly supporting a recognized terror organization in order to attack our best ally in the Middle East, the sovereign State of Israel. Yes, America is supporting Israel’s Iron Dome protective defense shield but apparently President Obama blocked the shipment of more Hellfire missiles to Israel.
So as we are easing sanctions against Iran and opening up access to billions of dollars, you just have to ask, where is that money going? We found out where the construction materials such as concrete went — and who forced Israel to open up its blockade and allow those materials to enter Gaza (I’m looking at you, Hillary).
The Washington Time reports, there is substantial evidence Iran has provided weapons and missile-building know-how and technology to Hamas over the past decade, even as the extremist group was building on its own the vast majority of rockets that it fired into Israel over the past two months. “Hamas has been working on rocket technology for over a decade, and most of the rockets used in the recent wave of attacks against Israel appear to be homemade,” said one U.S. intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity with The Times due to the sensitive nature of information relating to Hamas‘ inner workings.”
One of the new developments in rocket technology facing Israel is an increased range capacity. “Based on findings from the points of impact, the long-range rockets that were being used were M302s,” said Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, the top spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces. Lt. Col. Lerner said in a telephone interview Monday that it was not clear exactly how many M302s were fired, nor was there certainty over exactly how long the rockets have been in Hamas‘ possession in Gaza but that “the sense is that they got there from the Iranians.” The M302s have a range about 10 times longer than what existed in Hamas‘ prior arsenal, making such rocket attacks more threatening to Israel’s civilian population.”
So what do you think will happen to the $47 million Secretary of State John Kerry promised to Gaza – er — Hamas as part of the cease fire negotiations? Would that be used to further the designs of Hamas and purchase more weaponry? And yes, weapons smuggling is being attempted into Gaza. The Times reports that “ Israel intercepted a clandestine naval shipment of M302 rockets that Lt. Col. Lerner and others have argued was en route to the Gaza Strip courtesy of Iran. The shipment was revealed in March of this year.” Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to surmise the eventual use and destination of these rockets.
“Israeli navy commandos seized the rockets as they were traveling via a Panamanian-flagged ship across the Red Sea. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the time that the rockets, concealed in 20 containers on the ship, were proof that Iran had “not abandoned its deep involvement in terrorism or systematic efforts to undermine peace and security.”
Clearly we cannot trust Iran. We certainly cannot allow Hamas to continue to exist as it is — fully armed. Netanyahu has clearly stated that Hamas must be disarmed. The United States has declared Hamas a terrorist organization, so this is not a serious brain exercise. The situation is worsening, and the time for compromise, negotiations and appeasement has ended.