Hamas’s new head, Yahya Sinwar, reported that relations between Iran and Hamas have been restored, the leader boasting of the Islamic Republic’s military and financial support.
Sinwar replaced Ismail Haniyeh in February as head of the terrorist organization in Gaza.
Sinwar stated on Monday that Hamas is actively replenishing its missile caches and training its fighters to “achieve liberation”. He stated “Every day we build missiles and continue military training.”
He announced restored relations with Iran, confirming the Islamic Republic supports Hamas with funds and arms, stating “The relationship today is developing and returning to what it was in the old day… Relations with Iran are excellent and Iran is the largest supporter of the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades with money and arms.”
Sinwar was incarcerated in Israel for 22 years, sentenced to four life terms in the 1980’s for the murder of Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel. He was also involved in the planning of the abduction of IDF soldier Nachshon Wachsman in 1994. Palestinians disguised themselves as Orthodox Jews, abducting Wachsman and later killing him during a failed mission by the IDF.
Sinwar was one of the terrorists released of 1,047 in October 2011 as part of a prisoner swap for then captive IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. Shalit was kidnapped in June of 2006 and by the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and held captive in the Gaza Strip until October 2011.
He was one of the founders of the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades in the 1980’s and has been one of the terrorist organization’s strongest figures. He founded the Brigades intelligence force “Majd” and is on the United States terrorism blacklist.
This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, August 29, 2017, and reposted with permission.