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Iranian officials: Tehran helped arm Hamas for fight with Israel

Tue., Aug. 5, 2014

Two senior Iranian officials told an Arabic-language television channel Monday that Tehran had supplied missile technology to Hamas in the militant group’s fight against Israel.

Revolutionary Guard commander Mohammad Ali Jafari warned in an interview with the Arabic channel of Iran’s state-owned Al Alam television that Palestinian resistance to Israeli aggression was “endless and growing.”

Iran is prepared to support the Palestinian resistance with weapons and technology transfers, Jafari said, and makes no distinction between Shiite and Sunni factions of the embattled populations under Israeli blockade.

“The Zionist regime (of Israel) will collapse soon as a result of the unity among Shia and Sunni Muslims, and we are ready for that day,” Jafari said.

Mohsen Rezaei, another former guard commander who is now a senior adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Tehran had already provided Hamas with missile-building technology being used in fighting the Israel Defense Forces in the Gaza Strip. More than 3,000 rockets have been launched by Hamas in recent weeks from the blockaded seaside enclave.

Los Angeles Times