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Tehran - Iran Admits Missile Technology Sent To Gaza

Published on: November 21, 2012 08:59 AM
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Israeli firefighters on the scene after a rocket fired from Gaza landed in the living room of a house in Tamirim, Israel, 21 November 2012. Three floors were severly demolished in the first rocket attack which succeded a direct hit from a range of 75 km, fired from Gaza into Israel.  EPAIsraeli firefighters on the scene after a rocket fired from Gaza landed in the living room of a house in Tamirim, Israel, 21 November 2012. Three floors were severly demolished in the first rocket attack which succeded a direct hit from a range of 75 km, fired from Gaza into Israel.  EPA

Tehran -  Iran has supplied Hamas in Gaza with the technology to “quickly” produce longer-range missiles on their own without needing direct shipments, said a report Wednesday that quoted the head of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard.

The comments by Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari offer some of the clearest insights on Iran’s weapons support for Hamas, whose Iranian-engineered Fajr-5 missiles have struck near Tel Aviv and Jerusalem during weeklong battles with Israel.

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“Gaza is under siege, so we cannot help them. The Fajr-5 missiles have not been shipped from Iran. Its technology has been transferred and (the missiles are) being produced quickly,” Jafari was quoted as saying by the semiofficial ISNA news agency.

Iran has repeatedly denied it directly supplied Hamas with the Fajr-5. The ISNA report gave no further details on the level of missile know-how sent to Gaza or the channels used.

Israel charges that Iran sends weapons, including rockets, to Gaza through a network of smuggling tunnels under the 15-kilometer (9-mile) border between Gaza and Egypt.

Iran also backs the anti-Israel faction Hezbollah in Lebanon, which fired thousands of rockets into Israel during a monthlong 2006 war.

Iran’s parliament speaker, Ali Larijani, meanwhile, said his country was “honored” that Iran could help Palestinians with “material and military aspects.” He did not elaborate.

He criticized Arab countries for failing to help arm Hamas and other Palestinian group. “The Palestinian nation does not need speeches and meetings. Arab countries should send military aid,” he was quoted as saying by the semiofficial Fars news agency.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei also chided other Muslim nations for not rallying behind Gaza in the latest showdown with Israel.

“Some of them sufficed with words, and some others did not condemn” Israel, Khamenei said, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza over the past week in an operation it says is meant to stop daily rocket salvos by Gaza militants at Israel.

Iran and Israel are bitter enemies, and the two nations are locked in a deepening dispute over Iran’s nuclear program. The West and others fear Iran could eventually produce nuclear weapons, and Israel has left open the option of staging a military strike at its nuclear facilities.

Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes such as power generation and cancer treatment.


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 Nov 21, 2012 at 09:58 AM Anonymous Says:

The "cease fire" or "truce" if worth anything must absolutely stop the possible transfer of weapons and even technology from coming into the hands of these barbaric savages. Anything less is anti-Israel and endangers innocent civilians. If America exerts pressure, they are simply speaking on behalf of the enemy, and would not be real friends.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 10:28 AM Sherree Says:

Well Obama's diplomacy with Iran produced the missiles that is being fired on his allies in Israel.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM Truth Says:

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Sherree Says:

Well Obama's diplomacy with Iran produced the missiles that is being fired on his allies in Israel.

What- now you're against Obama & criticizing him? You're always the first to defend him!!!!?!?!

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM Anon Says:

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Anonymous Says:

The "cease fire" or "truce" if worth anything must absolutely stop the possible transfer of weapons and even technology from coming into the hands of these barbaric savages. Anything less is anti-Israel and endangers innocent civilians. If America exerts pressure, they are simply speaking on behalf of the enemy, and would not be real friends.

Agreed, but this is one of those things that sounds good, but is impossible to enforce. They already have the technology to make rockets and weapons and it is simple to transfer the know-how to improve those. There will be no progress unless there is a peace between Israel and the Palestinians so the Gaza population decides to not fire those missiles. This will require painful compromise by both sides and I don't see that happening any time soon.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anon Says:

Agreed, but this is one of those things that sounds good, but is impossible to enforce. They already have the technology to make rockets and weapons and it is simple to transfer the know-how to improve those. There will be no progress unless there is a peace between Israel and the Palestinians so the Gaza population decides to not fire those missiles. This will require painful compromise by both sides and I don't see that happening any time soon.

Israel has compromised and conceded. Hamas has only taken vacations during which hostilities slow down so they can rearm and regroup. The Gaza population needs to adopt a terror free value system, which is unheard of in Islam. They do not talk, negotiate, or adhere to commitments. They understand only one thing. If they are bombed to smithereens, they will be unable to shoot rockets. They will only behave when caged properly. Palestinians have demonstrated countless times that they are incapable of participating in "peace". It is barbaric to expect Israel to concede anything, and it sides with terror, legitimizing it.

I would sooner want to see United States inform Abbas and other Palis that virtually all American aid is hinged to the complete absence of terror attempts. Even a single rocket or stabbing attack will cut off foreign aid. Now let's see if the Palis have the potential to behave like moral members of humanity.

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