(July 31, 2019 / JNS) The Hamas terrorist organization is strengthening relations with Iran at their expense, Israel’s military liaison to the Palestinians told Gaza residents on Tuesday in a video message.
Israel Defense Forces’ Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon said in the message that last week, senior Hamas terrorist Saleh al-Arouri declared that “Hamas is Iran’s front line of defense,” and that on Tuesday, Iranian diplomat Amir Mousavi declared the “establishment of a united military front” stretching from Tehran to Gaza.
“This is just the beginning—and only you will decide the ending,” Rokon told residents of the Gaza Strip.
In May, the IDF confirmed it had killed Hamad Hudri, a high-ranking official in Hamas’s Al-Qassam Brigades who was responsible for transferring money from Iran to the various terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip.
The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit reported that Hudri, 34, a resident of Gaza, would bring large amounts of Iranian cash into Gaza and distribute it among the various groups that enjoy Iranian backing: Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other smaller groups. He used money-changing businesses that he owned, as well as money-changers and tradesmen abroad to help launder the Iranian funds.
This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.