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Iran Again Funding Hamas

Last week, Iran held elections, reelecting its "moderate" president, Hassan Rouhani. Its plans do not seem so moderate, however, as The Times of Israel's Jacob Magid says that the Islamic Republic plans on beginning its funding of Hamas once again:

Iran has agreed in principle to renew its funding for the Hamas terror group, according to a report published in a London-based Arabic daily Tuesday.

Palestinian officials told Asharq al-Awsat that Ismail Haniyeh, the political leader of the Gaza-based terror group, will visit Tehran in the near future to bridge gaps between the parties and resolve old disagreements.

The deal to restore Hamas’s financial support came after marathon meetings in Lebanon between officials from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Hamas, and the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror group, the report said...

The report also said Iran wanted Haniyeh to be the new head of Hamas...

But a Sunday Telegraph report in April 2015, which cited intelligence sources, claimed Iran has sent tens of millions of dollars to the Hamas military wing to help reconstruct tunnels used by the terror group in its operations against Israel, and to replenish its rocket arsenal. The Islamic Republic has also pledged to pay the families of Palestinian attackers killed in the wave of Palestinian stabbing, car-ramming and shooting attacks that erupted in October 2015...

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