The Palestinian militants behind the attack on Israel began planning the assault at least a year ago, with support from Iranian allies who provided military training and logistical help as well as funding for weapons, current and former Western and Middle Eastern intelligence officials said Monday. Via the Washington Post:
While Iran’s precise role in Saturday’s violence remained unclear, the officials said, the assault reflected Tehran’s years-long ambition to surround Israel with legions of paramilitary fighters armed with increasingly sophisticated weapons systems capable of striking deep inside the Jewish state.
Hamas, the Gaza-based Palestinian militant organization that led the attack, has historically maintained a degree of independence from Tehran compared with true Iranian proxy groups such as the Lebanese-based Hezbollah. But in recent years, Hamas has benefited from massive infusions of Iranian cash as well as technical help for manufacturing rockets and drones with advanced guidance systems, in addition to training in military tactics — some of which occurred in camps outside Gaza, the officials said.
U.S. and Israeli officials said they have no firm evidence so far that Iran authorized or directly coordinated the attack that killed more than 900 Israelis and wounded thousands. But current and former intelligence officials said the assault bore hallmarks of Iranian support, and noted officials in Tehran have boasted publicly about the huge sums in military aid provided to Hamas in recent years.
Looks like the usual suspects (“current and former Western and Middle Eastern intelligence officials”) are building up a rationale to attack Iran. If that happens, expect all kinds of hell to break loose, maybe even nukes.
I’m not saying Iran didn’t help, I’m saying many of the people saying this have an agenda, and Americans should not take everything they say at face value.
Remember the yellowcake.
UPDATE: Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran had nothing to do with the attack, but “We kiss the hands of those who planned the attack on the Zionist regime.” He won’t be making many friends with that statement.