The recent organized rocket, land, and sea attack on Israel by Hamas was significant in its obvious planning and execution. Connecting the dots may be helpful. Not since the 1973 Yom Kippur War has there been the level of coordinated communications and well-timed assaults on key locations. The brutality of ground combat Hamas terrorists against civilians, however, is without precedent. With such unusual levels of coordination and ferocity, the question quickly arises whether the militant group had outside assistance. Iran, in particular, is a likely suspect.
On Saturday, Oct. 7, a tactically opportune heavy barrage began with a reported 5,000 rockets launched from Gaza City and its vicinity. While the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) was dealing with the fusillade, armed Islamic Hamas militants stormed southern Jewish towns and villages. At the same time, Hamas attempted an amphibious attack on Israel’s southern Mediterranean coast, which was quickly overcome.
A retired CIA paramilitary officer told The New York Times, “The attack … ‘was preceded by a rocket and missile barrage of thousands, which likely buttoned up the IDF and a lot of the police force in Israel; it was then followed by denial-of-service [cyber] attacks in Israel, and then an air, sea and land attack’ from multiple points.” Could a generally haphazard force like Hamas have really orchestrated such complex operations on its own?
Investigation Needed in Hamas Attack on Israel
Liberty Nation fully understands correlation does not confirm causation. Just because events happen chronologically or thematically does not mean one caused the other. Additionally, it would be incorrect to assume that, because enemies of the United States meet, they colluded or even discussed issues that would threaten America or its friends. However, it is safe to say that when correlated events take place, there is no reason not to investigate further.
Three significant elements deserve some examination to determine the type of support provided to Hamas for its actions against Israel. First, what is the nature and level of assistance Iran gave and continues to give to the Islamic militant terrorists in Gaza? Second, was there a Russian connection in light of the strong military relationship growing between Moscow and Tehran? Last, was it purposeful or simply flawed foreign policy that the Biden administration gave license to Iran for its sponsorship of global terrorism – evidenced by the multi-pronged Hamas attack on Israel?
The Iranian animus toward Israel and the Jewish people is expressed in all Tehran’s actions. Constant chants of “death to Israel” can be heard at pro-Iranian government rallies, so it is not a stretch to suggest Iran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) were active in orchestrating the murderous Hamas assault on Israel. “Iranian security officials helped plan Hamas’s Saturday surprise attack on Israel and gave the green light for the assault at a meeting in Beirut last Monday (October 2), according to senior members of Hamas and Hezbollah, another Iran-backed militant group,” The Wall Street Journal reported. The IRGC has been working with Hamas since August, having meetings in Lebanon, with IRGC officers and other Iran-sponsored terrorist groups, according to the WSJ account.
No Evidence Iran Helped Hamas, Says US
US authorities claim they have no “evidence” to verify Iranian involvement. “A European official and an adviser to the Syrian government, however, gave the same account of Iran’s involvement in the lead-up to the attack as the senior Hamas and Hezbollah members,” according to the WSJ story. It makes sense since Iran has provided Hamas with weapons, training, and other support for years.
“Iran is a huge factor. I see Iran all over this from the call from the commander of their Quds Force, talking to Hamas. Of course, it’s Iran [that] has supplied a lot of the missiles and the missile technology for these ongoing strikes that we’re seeing,” national security analyst Rebecca Grant told Fox News. There is no vast Hamas industrial weapons complex in Gaza City that could produce the 5,000 rockets shot off in the first barrage targeting civilians in Israel.
(The second part of this article will focus on how Russia might have played a role and how US foreign policy toward Iran is complicit in Hamas being encouraged to attack Israel.)