Saudi and Qatari financial aid pursuaded Hamas leader Khaled Mishaal to distance the resistance from the ‘Axis of Resistance’ (Iran-Hizballah-Syria). Some of Hamas leaders took the Shia-Sunni sectarian bait from the Sunni rulers in Qatar, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Arab League.
On October 23, Qatari Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani paid ‘historic visit’ to Gaza Strip where he was showered with honors by Hamas leaders. The Fars News Agency has reported that Qatari Emir went to Gaza on a USraeli mission to locate the whereabouts of senior Hamas military officials. He distributed a number of gold watches and ball-point pens among Hamas leaders which could transmit low-frequency signal to Israeli satellites. It was with the help of these transmitters that Israeli airstrikes were able to kill two senior commanders, Ahmed al-Ja’abari and Ahmed Abu Jalal.
Since the Zionist entity began airstrikes, code name ‘Operation Pillar of Defense’ (a term taken out of Jewish Bible) seven days ago – more than 100 Palestinian civilian and three Israeli Jews have been reported killed and ov00 more Palestinians injured. During this period, none of Hamas new allies has dared to help Gazan to defend themselves against US-donated F-16s, except their verbal condemnation of the Zionist entity.
Obama has called Zionist prime minister Netanyahu twice to assure him Washington’s total support for his war on Gaza. Obama also had talks with Turkish prime minister Erdogan and Egyptian president Morsi. He asked his two regional allies to twist Hamas arms to agree on a cease-fire on Israeli terms. The Zionist regime wants Hamas to stop shooting its aimless rockets on Israeli Jewish homes. Hamas on the other hand, demands that the Zionist regime lift its 6-year-old blockade of Gaza.
Pentagon has despatched three war ships, USS Iwo Jima, the USS New York and the USS Gunston Hall to eastern Mediterranean to remain on standby to evacuate the US-citizens (mostly Jewish) living in Israel.
According to Israeli sources, Hamas is still receiving some light arms from Iran and Hizballah. Israeli military propaganda organ, DEBKAfile claimed on November 19 that a shipment of 220 short-range missiles and 50 improved long-range Fajr 5 rockets left Iranian port of Bandar Abbas for Sudan on Sunday.
On November 19, Hassan Illeik posted an article in Lebanese daily al-Akhbar, entitled ‘How Hamas Gets its Weapons’, saying:
As the conflict enters its sixth day, Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard units specialized in smuggling weapons from Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Sudan, and other countries into the Gaza Strip are on high alert.
These weapons usually begin their journey in Iranian or Syrian ports. From there, they head to Sudan, where they are transported to the Sinai in Egypt and end up in Gaza.
But such units have other routes they can use to reach Gaza. The communication lines between the Resistance in Lebanon and various groups in Gaza, especially Hamas remain open and active.
It seems that the Palestinian resistance learned its lessons from the 2008 Israeli aggression against Gaza and the 2006 war on Lebanon, since a large number of ‘strategic’ arsenals are still safe.
The biggest difficulty facing the importation of weapons were the Egyptian and Jordanian regimes, which control the borders with Palestine.
Thus a communications channel connecting representatives from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, the Syrian army, Hezbollah, and Hamas was set up to coordinate the supply of arms. Additional channels included other Palestinian resistance factions, such as Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), and some members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs and the Salaheddine brigades, as well as the PFLP-General Command.
Read the article in full, here.