Iranian Support of Hamas

[Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center] Iran has a clear strategic interest in helping Hamas control Gaza. For Iran, a radical Islamic entity in Gaza is an important strategic asset against Israel's southern border, in conjunction with the threat posed by Hizbullah along Israel's northern border. In both cases, Iran regards using rockets as an effective way of exhausting Israel's home front. Therefore, it has established large rocket arsenals for Hizbullah and Hamas, while at the same time developing their military capabilities. Iran regards Hizbullah and Hamas as two important sources of power in its striving toward regional hegemony.

2009-01-20 06:00:00

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