Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic terrorist organization, has confirmed that it received support for its recent surprise attacks on Israel from the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.
A spokesperson for the terror group told the BBC that it received support from Iran and others, although he declined to say who else provided support.
In Iran, people flocked to the streets to celebrate the deadly attacks — which killed hundreds of Israelis and wounded thousands more — shooting off fireworks, waving flags, and cheering, according to numerous images posted online.
Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanani said, “What took place today is in line with the continuation of victories for the anti-Zionist resistance in different fields, including Syria, Lebanon and occupied lands.”
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei posted on social media: “God willing, the cancer of the usurper Zionist regime will be eradicated at the hands of the Palestinian people and the Resistance forces throughout the region.”
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He does not deserve a platform on any social media channel .
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— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 7, 2023
Yahya Rahim Safavi, the top military adviser to Khamenei, added, “We congratulate the Palestinian fighters. We will stand by the Palestinian fighters until the liberation of Palestine and Jerusalem.”
Iran has given billions of dollars to Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups over the last few decades to support attacks against Israel, providing weapons, funding, and training.
The Biden administration “has strengthened and emboldened the regime in Iran,” said the foreign policy experts at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a nonprofit focusing on national security and foreign policy.
The administration has loosened sanctions on Iran as it seeks a nuclear deal, which it has failed to deliver, and the result has been Iran’s ability to sell millions of barrels of oil per day.
Biden greenlit a $10 billion transfer from Iraq to Iran in July, and in August, he approved the unfreezing of $6 billion in Iranian oil revenues.
Defenders of the Biden administration claim that the money did not go to terrorism, but Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said Iran would spend it however it wanted to.