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Hamas Official: Iran Is the Biggest Backer of Our ‘Military’ Wing

Iranian military commander and others attend during a ceremony to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the back from exile to Iran of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of the 1979 Islamic revolution, at tomb of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seen in background, in Tehran on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006. …
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The Times of Israel reports: The new Gaza leader of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas said Monday it has restored relations with Iran and is gearing up for future hostilities with Israel.

Yahya Sinwar told reporters that Iran is now “the largest backer financially and militarily” of Hamas’s armed wing. It was his first meeting with journalists since taking up his post in February.

Sinwar said that with Iran’s help, Hamas is accumulating military power in preparation for a battle for “the liberation of Palestine.” Hamas is “developing our military strength in order to liberate Palestine,” Sinwar said, but he also stressed that it does not seek war for now “and takes every effort to avoid a war… At the same time we are not afraid of a war and are ready for it.”

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