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The Hamas-Russia connection

Only Russia could have provided the cyber-weapons that made the Oct. 7 massacre possible.

Image of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Credit: TPYXA_ILLUSTRATION/Shutterstock.
Image of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Credit: TPYXA_ILLUSTRATION/Shutterstock.
Joseph Frager
Dr. Joseph Frager is a lifelong activist and physician. He is chairman of Israel advocacy for the Rabbinical Alliance of America, chairman of the executive committee of American Friends of Ateret Cohanim and executive vice president of the Israel Heritage Foundation.

The Oct. 7 Hamas massacre will never be forgotten. It has been forever seared on to the heart and soul of every Jew. It is a source of anguish and a guide for generations to come.

There has been little comment, however, on the fact that, just like the Yom Kippur War in 1973 had heavy Russian involvement, so did the slaughter on Oct. 7.

On July 20, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin flew to Iran to strengthen ties between the two countries. On Aug. 16 of this year, Putin held a Zoom conference with Iranian officials to “reaffirm support for further developing bilateral ties in trade, transport, logistics and energy,” as reported by Russian news agency TASS.

One doesn’t have to read between the lines to see that Russia is fully allied with Iran on all fronts. Iran supplies Russia with drones, missiles and oil. Russia shares technology with Iran and gives it military assistance.

The Oct. 7 attack was planned for at least two years. It is not a coincidence that Hamas attacked 50 years after the Yom Kippur War almost to the day. Arab terrorists like to wreak havoc on anniversaries. This has always been their calling card. They chose another Jewish holiday to do their depraved deed.

There will be many conspiracy theories about how Israel was caught flat-footed. Israel will do a very thorough analysis. There are many questions that need to be answered. For example, how did Hamas obtain maps of IDF bases? Where was the IDF for so many hours after the assault began? What were the intelligence failures that led to the infiltration?

I believe Hamas coordinated the Times Square rally held on Oct. 8 knowing full well that they were going to attack on Oct. 7. This is consistent with the fact that reporters from Reuters and AP accompanied the Hamas terrorists on Oct. 7. Hamas coordinated the attack with the disinformation campaign and rallies in the United States and around the world that followed.

The New York Post’s report on American-born tech entrepreneur Neville Roy Singham, who has shelled out over $20 million to the People’s Forum, which organized the Oct. 8th rally, is a strong indication that Hamas was behind it.

Singham is a Marxist who lives in China. He is connected to at least four propaganda news sites that support the Chinese Communist Party. According to The New York Times and quoted in The New York Post, the People’s Forum is calling for “more marches, walkouts, sit-ins and other forms of direct action directed at the political offices, businesses and workplaces that fund, invest and collaborate” with Israel.

The Russian connection to Oct. 7 took the form of the cyber-warfare technology given to the Iranians and Hamas. Hamas’s “blinding plan” to take down Israel’s high tech “iron wall,” neutralizing long-range cameras, sophisticated sensors, multiple alarm systems and remote-control weapons was almost certainly aided by Russia’s cyber expertise. Having spoken to cyber experts, I believe only Russia could have made it happen.

Clearly, we have entered a new age in which cyber is the new tank on the battlefield and the new fighter jet in the sky. Unless America and Israel are one step ahead of the new Axis of Evil in the cyber-warfare sphere, no one is safe.

The opinions and facts presented in this article are those of the author, and neither JNS nor its partners assume any responsibility for them.
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