Iran Funds Homes for Hamas Terrorists

The Fellowship  |  January 23, 2019

Palestinians ride a donkey-drawn cart past a newly-contsructed building funded by Iran to house Palestinian prisoners formerly held in Israeli jails, in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on January 17, 2019. - Hamas said on January 17 that it had allocated 26 apartments in a new building in southern Gaza, which had been given out in a lottery between 125 former Palestinian prisoners. Hamas officials said the programme was the first of its kind funded by Iran, with a second building to be constructed in the north of the enclave, aiming to "reduce the suffering of our freed prisoners." (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)

As we told you in Tuesday’s Daily Dispatch, Iran’s annual budget to support terrorism in the Middle East is $7 billion, with much of that going to Hamas, the ruling terrorist organization in Gaza. Arutz Sheva’s Ben Ariel tells us where some of that money is going — to build homes for terrorists who had previously been jailed in Israel for their crimes:

The Hamas terrorist organization said on Thursday it had allocated new homes funded by Iran in Gaza to terrorists who had been held in Israeli jails, AFP reported.

The “prisoners ministry” said 26 apartments in a new building in southern Gaza had been given out in a lottery between 125 former prisoners.

Officials from Hamas said the program was the first of its kind funded by Iran.

A second building will be constructed in northern Gaza, the ministry said, adding the project aimed to “reduce the suffering of our freed prisoners.”

Hamas and Iran enjoy a close relationship, but the sides were at odds for several years, beginning when Hamas refused to support Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, a close ally of Iran’s, in the uprising against him. An angry Iran then reportedly stopped supplying the terror group with weapons.

The tide seemed to turn in the summer of 2017, when Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh thanked Iran for its “unlimited” support for the Al-Qassam Brigades and its contribution to the development of Hamas’s military capabilities…

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