Iran is in the thick of it.

H/T : Benny Weinthal

Web Essay: Iran’s role in the Gaza war


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An Israeli reservist troop prays near the Israeli-Gaza border on the morning of July 18, 2014 near Sderot, Israel.

To confront the radical organization Hamas, the United States and the international community must first confront the Palestinian group’s military sponsors, specifically the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Lebanese organization Hezbollah and Syria.

Hamas launched a war against Israel — a key U.S. ally in the Middle East — in early July. The United States and the European Union list the extremist Islamic entity Hamas as a terrorist organization.

Hamas could swiftly end its bloody conflict with Israel (and against the values of Western democracies) if it chose to internalize former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir’s famous comment in 1957 to the National Press Club in Washington: “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”

Sadly, Hamas continues to use UN schools to house rockets and young children as human shields to insulate its combatants from Israeli defensive missile fire.

Hamas’s control over the Palestinian enclave Gaza has allowed its jingoism, with crucial aid from Iran and Syria, to destabilize Israel and Egypt. Counter-terrorism forces in Egypt intercepted a group of Hamas and al-Qaeda terrorists seeking to enter Egypt with an arsenal of weapons. On July 8, Hamas in the Gaza Strip managed to fire a long-range Syrian-made M320 rocket deep at the city of Hadera, deep into the Jewish state, amid barrages of projectiles launched at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

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