An Iranian official has revealed that Tehran gave Palestinians the means to have missiles that could reach Tel Aviv and is suggesting that the government should provide them with air defense systems to repel Israel’s aerial attacks. Mohsen Rezaei, Secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council, made these remarks which were reported by Al-Alam, state owned Iranian Arabic TV station.
Secretary Rezaei defended that Iran’s actions do not bore any sign of guilt and the government shouldn’t be shy of helping the Palestinians “defend themselves.” According to him, they “need to transfer defensive and military technology to Palestinians so that they can build weapons under the blockade” imposed by Israel.
Since the hostilities began between Hamas and Israel, both sides have fired thousands of missiles. Those fired by Hamas have been able to reach further destinations for the first time and Rezaei boasted that they “are the blessings of Iran’s transfer of technology.”
Tehran does not recognize Israel and supports militant anti-Israeli groups such as the Palestinian Hamas and Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah group. It often labels the Israelis as the “Zionists.” The claims of Rezaei have not been refuted the militants fighting against Israel.
It can be recalled that some officials of the Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have once stated that Fajr-5 missiles are part of Hamas’ Gaza Strip arsenal, whose technology has been supplied by Iran and produced locally without needing direct shipment.
The US has approved a $300 million Iron Dome support to boost Israel’s missile defense system. Secretary Rezaei said that he has written an appeal to President Rouhani “to provide air defense systems to Gaza so that Palestinians can defend themselves against invading planes.” He concluded by adding that taking Israeli soldiers is the Jewish state’s “weak point.”