In a recent development, White House national security spokesperson John Kirby implicated Iran in Hamas-led attacks against Israel. While Iran’s long-standing support for Hamas and other terrorist networks is highlighted, no concrete evidence has been presented that ties Iran directly to the planning of recent attacks.
John Kirby spoke to MSNBC, citing Iran’s history of supporting Hamas and other extremist groups in the region. According to Kirby, Iran has provided “resources, capabilities and training” to these organizations. However, he clarified that there was no specific evidence connecting Iran to the planning of recent Hamas attacks on Israel.
“Absolutely, there’s a degree of complicity here writ large,” he stated, further emphasizing the absence of intelligence that proves Tehran’s direct involvement in the planning stage.
The Wall Street Journal had reported earlier that Iranian security officials were involved in planning Hamas’s surprise Saturday attack on Israel. They cited unnamed senior members of Hamas and Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah movement as their sources.
Yet, an unnamed U.S. official contradicted this report, stating that it was too early to confirm Iran’s “direct” involvement. The official did acknowledge, however, that there was little doubt about Hamas being “financed, equipped, and armed” by countries, including Iran.
Iran has been one of the first nations to endorse the Hamas assault, which aligns with its foreign policy that has actively supported the Palestinian cause since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Iran does not recognize Israel and has been a major backer of groups like Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
In a parallel development, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) also weighed in on Iran’s role1. IDF spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari stated, “Iran is a major player but we can’t yet say if it was involved in the planning or training.”
- https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/iran-complicit-in-palestinian-terror-attacks-against-israel-says-wh-national-security-spokesperson/ ↩︎