Hamas Spokesperson Admits Iranian Involvement in Attack on Israel

Hamas Spokesperson Admits Iranian Involvement in Attack on Israel
Soldiers walk in front of an Israeli police station that was damaged during battles to dislodge Hamas terrorists who were stationed inside, on Oct. 8, 2023. (Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images)

Terrorist group Hamas reportedly received support from Iran to plan its attack on Israel on Oct. 7, a spokesperson of the group told the BBC.

Hamas spokesperson Ghazi Hamad told the British broadcaster that Iran had been an instrumental factor in engineering the attack that has killed more than 1,200 people.

Mr. Hamad said that other countries and organizations also conspired in the attack, but he did not give any names, adding that the violence was a response to attacks on Muslims by Jewish settlers in the West Bank.

This comes as a report in The Wall Street Journal claimed that senior members of both Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah had disclosed that Iranian security officials played a role in planning Hamas’s attack on Israel.

The decision to launch the attack received approval at a meeting held in Beirut the previous Monday, according to the WSJ report.

This contradicts comments made by a Hamas senior leader who claimed that Iran’s Islamic regime and Hezbollah played no role in the attack but insisted they’re both ready to “join the battle” if Israel retaliates forcefully.

Ali Barakeh, a member of Hamas’s exiled leadership, made the remarks in an interview on Oct. 9 with The Associated Press in his office in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon.

Mr. Barakeh said that Iran and Hezbollah have helped Hamas in the past, but that since the 2014 Gaza war, Hamas has been making its own rockets and training its own combatants.

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Ali Barakeh, a member of Hamas’s exiled leadership, speaks in an interview with The Associated Press in Beirut, Lebanon, on Oct. 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Tehran is a key backer of both Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as the Islamic Jihad, according to the Times of Israel.

Hamas has been in control of the Gaza Strip since 2007. It remained relatively low-key over the past two years, having raised speculation on its increased focus on the economy. Meanwhile, this gave rise to other Palestinian groups, such as Islamic Jihad, which have executed repeated attacks on Israel.

Iran has made no public admission of involvement in the recent attack, which followed just days after its supreme leader, Imam Sayyid Ali Khamenei, called for violence against Israel.

‘Evidence Lacking’

Meanwhile, the U.S. government says it still lacks sufficient evidence to link Tehran to the attack on Oct. 7, according to national security adviser Jake Sullivan, as reported by CNN on Oct. 11.

“We’re looking to acquire further intelligence. But as I stand here today, while Iran plays this broad role – sustained, deep and dark role in providing all of this support and capabilities to Hamas – in terms of this particular gruesome attack on October 7, we don’t currently have that information,” he said at a White House press conference.

The Hamas invasion is the worst attack on Israel in five decades with more than 1,200 people killed and several thousand injured. Many of those killed were women, children, and babies, some of whom were beheaded.

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An IDF soldier reacts and covers his face before removing the body of a civilian killed days earlier in an attack by Hamas terrorists in Kfar Aza, Israel, on Oct. 10, 2023. (Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

Multi-Pronged Attack

According to Jonathan Spyer, director of research at the Middle East Forum, Iran’s involvement is part of a multi-pronged attack to diminish Israel’s morale.

“They intend to reduce the morale of Israelis, to cause Israelis to lose faith in their institutions, to cause Israelis to quit Israel. That’s the reason why they’re backing Hamas. That’s the reason why they created Hezbollah. They intend to try to surround Israel with what we would call hybrid military forces,” he said, reported The Hill.

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Palestinians celebrate by a destroyed Israeli tank at the Gaza Strip fence east of Khan Younis on Oct. 7, 2023. (Hassan Eslaiah/AP Photo)

The shadow war by Iran against Israel by utilizing proxy groups has been long-standing. Last weekend’s attack also serves to weaken Israel’s influence in the Middle East and shatter relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia, both of which are U.S. allies.

Iran’s supreme leader Khamenei previously issued a stark warning prior to the attacks amid efforts by Israel and Saudi Arabia to balance relations, which suffered a major setback due to the recent events.

“The position of the Islamic Republic is that countries that make the gamble of normalization with Israel will lose. They are betting on a losing horse,” he told Iranian state media, adding: “Today, the Palestinian movement is more active than ever.”

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