Iran admits its involvement in the October 7 massacre that occurred in southwestern Israel, in which more than 1000 Jews were killed by the terrorist group Hamas.
IRGC spokesman Brig. Gen. Ramezan Sharif claimed it was a response to the 2020 killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani by the United States.
Brig. Gen. Ramezan Sharif stated that the cross-border attacks, referred to by Hamas as “Operation Al-Aqsa Flood,” were acts of revenge for Soleimani’s assassination. Sharif vowed that such acts of revenge would continue in different times and places, also mentioning the intention to avenge the recent death of Iranian Major General Razi Mousavi in an alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria.
Further, the IRGC spokesperson stated that Israel eliminated Mousavi due to the massive defeats it suffered over the past weeks and “to relieve the pressure of the relentless attacks of the resistance front in Gaza.”
Iran Hamas Association:
Hamas and Iran share a complex and significant association that spans ideological, political, and military dimensions. Anti-Israel sentiments and a desire to oppose perceived adversaries are at the core of this relationship. Hamas has received considerable support from Iran in the form of financial aid, weapons, intelligence, and technological expertise for many years. Considering Hamas to be a strategic ally, the Iranian government uses the Palestinian group as a proxy to exert influence and counterbalance its adversaries, especially Israel and the United States.
In addition to shaping the dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this association has also drawn international attention and concern, with some nations condemning Iran’s support for what they consider a terrorist organization. The collaboration between Iran and Hamas reflects a complex interplay of geopolitical interests, religious ideologies, and regional power struggles.
Hamas, however, denied the IRGC’s claim, asserting that the October 7 incident was a response to alleged Israeli “crimes” at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
Tensions are on the rise in the Middle East:
The Biden administration has labeled Iran as “complicit” in the October 7 attacks. Reports indicate that hundreds of Hamas terrorists and Palestinians received training in Iran before the incident.
On a separate note, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported on Tuesday that Iran had tripled its enrichment of uranium to 60%, a development that raised concerns. This action of Iran can create further tensions in the region.