Iran Ups Support for Gaza and Lebanon Hardliners

[Der Spiegel-Germany] Iran is reportedly increasing its military aid to both Hizbullah and Hamas, according to Israeli intelligence sources. Meanwhile, Tehran is suspected of interfering in the reconciliation talks between the rival Palestinian factions. Even the veteran Egyptian mediators had underestimated Iran's influence. Khaled Mashaal is regarded as Tehran's man in Hamas. The politburo chief lives in exile in Damascus, but in recent months he has been frequently on the move, with Iran one of his most important destinations. Many Fatah officials, such as Ibrahim Abu al-Nasha from Gaza City who has known Mashaal for over 30 years, are convinced that the Hamas leader allowed the talks to fail under pressure from Tehran.

2009-04-01 06:00:00

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