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Iran Renews Support for Islamic Jihad

Meeting of Iran and Islamic Jihad, May 2016 (Photo: Iranian media)

The easing of sanctions which came along with last year's international nuclear deal with Iran has allowed the Islamic Republic to increase its support of terror. The Jerusalem Post's Maayan Groisman reports that Iran is renewing its funding of Islamic Jihad, the Palestinian terror group:

Iran's decision to re-embrace Islamic Jihad after two years of strained relations, came following a visit to Iran in April by a high-level delegation from the organization, led by Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah.

During his meetings with senior Iranian leaders and the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force Qassem Suleimani, Shalah lauded Iran for its exclusive support for the "Palestinian intifada."

"The defense of Palestine amounts to a defense of Islam," Shalah said then, adding that: "The Arab states did not support the popular uprising in Palestine and will never support it since it contradicts their leaders' agendas. Iran is the only state that supports the intifada and the martyrs' families."

According to the sources affiliated with the Islamic Jihad, Iran viewed this statement as a renewed pledge of allegiance by the organization to the state.

The major part of Iran's new vision for the Palestinian terror organization was Suleimani's decision to conduct a reshuffle in the organization's military wing, the Quds Brigades, by appointing Khaled Mansour as the brigades' commander.

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