Iranian security officials helped organize Hamas’s Saturday surprise attack on Israel and gave the green light for the assault at a meeting in Beirut last Monday, according to a shocking new report from The Wall Street Journal.
Since August, officers of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps collaborated with Hamas to plan the air, land, and sea incursions — the most significant violation of Israel’s borders since the Yom Kippur War of 1973, according to these sources.
IRGC officers and representatives of four Iran-backed militant groups, including Hamas, which holds power in Gaza, and Hezbollah, a Shiite militant group and political faction in Lebanon, participated in several meetings in Beirut, according to these sources.
A spokesman for Iran’s mission to the United Nations stated that the Islamic Republic supported but did not direct Gaza’s actions.
A direct Iranian role would bring the long-running conflict between Tehran and Israel out of the shadows, increasing the likelihood of a wider Middle Eastern conflict.
Senior Israeli security officials have pledged to attack Iran’s leadership if Tehran is determined to be culpable for Israeli deaths.
At least 900 Israelis have perished.
Israel has accused Iran of being behind the assaults, albeit indirectly.