Hamas chief boasts of Tehran’s support, close ties to Hezbollah

Yahya Sinwar, head of the terrorist group’s Gaza-based leadership, bragged that Hamas has “strong, powerful and warm” relations with the Iranian general thought to be behind a recent rocket attack on Israeli troops. 

By: World Israel News Staff 

The leader of the Hamas terror group in the Gaza Strip Yahya Sinwar has boasted about the large amounts of cash, equipment, and expertise it has received from Iran and said Hamas is in touch with the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group in Lebanon “on an almost daily basis.”

“Our resistance in Gaza,” said  Sinwar, according to a translation provided by Radio Fardo, “has developed its capabilities with the help of God and then with the support of…the Islamic Republic of Iran which provided Al-Qassam Brigades and the resistance factions with a lot of money, equipment and experience before and after the aggression [2008 Operation Cast Lead] where our capabilities were highly developed.

“We promise our nation and the free world that in case of any confrontation with the enemy, we will show them a lot of surprises.”

Speaking to Lebanon’s pro-Hezbollah al-Mayadeen TV channel on Monday, Sinwar also lauded the “strong, powerful and warm” ties Hamas enjoys with Qassem Soleimani, who heads the Islamic Revolutionary Guards’s Quds Force tasked with operations outside of Iran.

Soleimani is assumed to have masterminded the firing from Syria of dozens of rockets at Israeli military positions on the Golan Heights earlier this month.

Shin Bet: Iran behind Gaza border unrest

Over the course of the past seven weeks of violent demonstrations along the Gaza border, in an event known collectively as the “March of Return,” Israeli forces have arrested a number of Palestinians, some of them Hamas members, who crossed the security fence into Israeli territory.

The Shin Bet released the findings of its interrogations of those suspects, which the security service said showed the methods used by Hamas to destabilize the border area, breach the fence and try to carry out terror attacks inside Israeli territory.

“From the information we have, it appears Hamas is encouraging and sending protesters to the border fence in order to carry out violent acts and damage security infrastructure. In addition, it was found that Iran is providing funding to Hamas in order for it to carry out these violent activities along the Gaza Strip’s border fence,” the Shin Bet said.