Hamas terrorists were “trained in Lebanon, Syria and Iran” according to a Hezbollah official. The information was divulged in an interview Egyptian website Al-Masir conducted with Hassan Hoballah, a Hezbollah official in charge of Palestinian relations. In the interview the Hezbollah official mentioned that the group “has an alliance with the Palestinian resistance on every level” and “aids the Palestinian resistance with everything it has, with weapons and training.”
The Hezbollah official noted that while Hezbollah has no intention of turning the war with Israel into a regional conflict, it could escalate the war into a broader one if Hamas is defeated or Palestinians are expelled from Gaza.
“I believe that the war is nearing its end because the Zionist entity has used all the brutal force at its disposal, including [by waging] a ground war and [using] commando forces and all these operations failed. And the United States, which is managing this campaign along with Israel, has started to demand that Netanyahu replace his extremist government and his war cabinet. I do not deny the existence of immense difficulties in Gaza, but [the Gazans will remain] patient and steadfast until victory is achieved, Allah willing,” Hoballah said when asked whether he sees the conflict with Israel expanding into a larger war.
Hoballah’s interview with Al-Masir came as Hezbollah’s Deputy Secretary-General Na’im Qassem told the same outlet that the terrorist group would join the conflict against Israel if Hamas were defeated or Gazans were expelled.
Qassem added that the present war with Israel will not be the final one and that the next war will involve the entire “resistance axis,” including the Islamic Republic of Iran and its proxies. Hoballah went on to explain that if the entirety of Hezbollah enters the conflict, it will “turn from a war for the liberation of Palestine into a regional war,” which, according to him, would “end with a regional agreement, a ceasefire agreement or an international resolution, and then the Palestinian right will be lost.”
“As long as the [Palestinian] resistance is in the lead and has not been defeated, we will continue the limited conflict,” he said. However, Hoballah noted that if “things head in the direction of a complete defeat for Hamas, we will enter a comprehensive war, for we will not allow the defeat of the Palestinian resistance, and especially of Hamas, which is the goal [of Israel’s] offensive.”
The Foreign Desk notes Hezbollah media denied that Hoballah was interviewed by Al-Masir, even though the article includes pictures of Hoballah with the outlet’s editors.
Good Riddance to UNRWA as it Supports Hamas
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The head of UNRWA recently accused Israel of waging an “expanded, concerted campaign” to destroy the UN agency. The leader of UNRWA does have a cause for concern, as Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stated that UNRWA has “lost legitimacy and can no longer function as a UN body.” UN Watch’s Hillel Neuer stated that “The rot is systemic, and that’s why we’re holding a conference…to replace UNRWA.” And now Congressional Republicans are probing the Biden administration’s decision to restore US funding to UNRWA in 2021, following the Trump administration’s suspension of that funding in 2018.
Good riddance to UNRWA if it ends up folding under pressure; UNRWA and the UN are Hamas apologists at best, and facilitators at worst. For example, the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator actually insisted that “Hamas is not a terrorist group for us,” but merely a “political movement.” And the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian Territories, in a rejoinder to the French president calling the October 7 attack “the largest anti-Semitic massacre of our century,” stated that “No, Mr. Macron. The victims of [the October 7 attack] were not killed because of their Judaism, but in response to Israel’s oppression.”
UNRWA Employees Provide Material Support to Hamas, PIJ
Israeli Defense Minister Galant has named 12 specific UNRWA employees who “actively participated” in Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel, and also stated that Israel has “significant indications based on intelligence” that implicates “over 30” additional UNRWA employees. Gallant stated that of UNRWA’s 13,000 staff in Gaza, “1,468 workers are known to be active in Hamas and PIJ, 185 UNRWA workers are active in the military branches of Hamas and 51 are active in the PIJ military branch.”
Additional to those numbers are the 30 UNRWA teachers known to have celebrated the October 7 attacks on a UNRWA Telegram group that had 3,000 members.
Hamas’ “Data Center” Found Underneath UNRWA Headquarters
Israel also found a Hamas “data center” under UNRWA’s headquarters in Gaza, equipped with an electrical room, computer servers and rooms where Hamas operatives could work and sleep, and that there were power lines connecting UNRWA’s headquarters to this data center. And surprise, some of the equipment found was made in Iran and China. Interestingly, while the Hamas “data center” contained electronics, a server room in the above-ground UNRWA headquarters had most of its electronics missing, which appears to be indicative of “actions of someone who knew the army was coming and wanted to hide the evidence,” according to Col. Benny Aharon of Israel’s 401st Armored Brigade. After the head of UNRWA denied that UNRWA knew of this data center ahead of time, Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) tweeted “Oh, you knew,” and stated that Israel had warned UN officials about the data center but those officials chose to ignore those warnings.
Additional Evidence of Strong UNRWA/Hamas Partnership
Additionally, UN Watch cited instances of UNRWA/Hamas synergy, including that Israel found:
- At the UNRWA headquarters above ground, weapons and “documents that indicated that the same offices were also used by Hamas”;
- UNRWA aid bags in Yahya Sinwar’s bunker;
- UNRWA concrete in Hamas’ tunnels that housed hostages;
- Missiles and rockets under UNRWA equipment;
- That Hamas stashed ammunition, explosives, and weapons in UNRWA bags, and that Hamas also had UN vests;
- That Hamas stored weapons in and fired weapons from a UNRWA school; and
- That Hamas’ “Ministry of Health” stole 24,000 gallons of fuel from UNRWA.
And to further emphasize the scope of how seriously UNRWA is compromised by Hamas, every single UNRWA “site, school, mosque, [and] kindergarten” that Israel has inspected had weapons, according to Israel’s commander of the 646th Reserve Paratroopers Brigade.
Calls to preserve UNRWA merely deflect away from the “systemic” “rot” found in the organization. Israel should make sure that UNRWA does not operate in any post-war Gaza, as the organization compromises the security of the Jewish state.
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