As Stand for Israel told you in today's Daily Dispatch, the U.S. State Department announced that America stands with Israel this week, after Hamas launched hundreds of rockets at the Jewish state. And now, The Jerusalem Post's Anna Ahronheim and Khaled Abu Toameh tell us that Israel's greatest ally is also offering rewards for the capture of a top Hamas terrorist, as well as two Hezbollah leaders:
“Hamas and Hezbollah receive weapons, training, and funding from Iran, which the Secretary of State has designated as a state sponsor of terrorism,” read the statement by the US Department of State, adding that both groups were designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) in October 1997 and as Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) entities in October 2001.
Born in 1966 in a village near Ramallah, Saleh Arouri is one of the founders of Hamas’s military wing, the Izzadin al-Qassam Brigades, and is responsible for several bloody terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers, including the 2014 kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank.
As one of the founding members of Hamas’s military wing in the West Bank, he participated in the group’s activities during the first intifada and was arrested by the IDF in 1992 and sentenced to 18 years in prison. When he was released in 2010, he was deported and later moved to Syria before he moved to Turkey in 2012, following the severing of ties between Hamas and the Assad regime after the outbreak of the Syrian civil war...
Hamas accused the US administration of “succumbing to pressure from the [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu government.” Hamas claimed that the US move was designed to “console” Israel for its “defeats” in the Gaza Strip.
“Hamas rejects this unjust decision and affirms that Arouri will continue to play a leading role and assume his national duties to serve his people,” Hamas said in a statement published in the Gaza Strip. “This decision and other US measures are part of an ongoing assault against our people and cause and a flagrant bias in favor of the enemy and its criminal policies.”
Hamas also condemned the US decision targeting the two senior Hezbollah officials and called on Arabs and Muslims to reject it.