December 19 - Hamas Official Says a 'New Chapter' Open with Iran
Article: Israel And The Last Days
Ali Baraka, Hamas's representative in Lebanon, said Friday that a recent visit by a Hamas delegation to Iran had "opened a new chapter" in relations between Tehran and the terror group.
"[Tehran] has pledged to continue supporting the [Palestinian] resistance," Baraka told the Turkish Anadolu Agency. "Hamas welcomes the support of any Arab or Muslim state," Baraka added. "But unfortunately, the Arabs are just spectators... to the systematic Judaization of Jerusalem by Israel and the expansion of illegal settlements."
"We have not received responses from a number of Arab countries that we had asked to support us and our people [against Israeli aggression]," he charged, adding, "This has forced us to seek support from other [Muslim] nations such as Iran."
Nevertheless, the two sides have been getting closer in recent months. The speaker of the Iranian parliament, Ali Larijani, recently boasted that Iran provided Hamas with the technology it has used to rain down rockets on Israel from Gaza, and Hamas later thanked Iran for providing the group with the rockets.