According to a report published by Algemeiner, an independent news outlet that covers the Middle East, the senior leaders of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad coordinated their latest Gaza attacks against Israel with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Iran’s proxy Hezbollah. The parties discussed military operations on a daily basis during the 11 days of fighting.

Ibrahim Al-Amin, the editor-in-chief of the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar, was interviewed by Hezbollah-operated Al-Manar TV and stated that the IRGC, Hezbollah, and Hamas set up a joint military operations room in Beirut during the latest conflict with Israel.

Al-Amin said that officers from Hezbollah, IRGC, and Hamas coordinated their military confrontation in Gaza, adding that “the Commander of IRGC’s Al-Quds Force, General Esmail Qaani, visited Lebanon twice to attend the meetings.”

Iran Assured Hamas and the Islamic Jihad of its Continued Support

Iran was revealed to have supported Hamas in Gaza.
General Esmail Qaani, commander of the Iranian Quds Force coordinated closely with Hamas and Hezbollah during the latest conflict with Israel.

Hezbollah, acting as Iran’s proxy, transported weaponry and ammunition to Gaza and moved a number of Palestinian Resistance officers out of the Strip during the fighting, according to Al-Amin. The evacuation of the officers was presumably a result of the Israelis’ very effective targeting of senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad officials. 

According to the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, General Qaani spoke on the phone with the head of Hamas’s politburo and the secretary-general of Palestinian Islamic Jihad and assured them of Iran’s support. 

Qaani also sent a message of support to the heads of Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s military wings, Mohammad Deif and Akram al-Ajouri.

“Through their unity and perseverance, they were able to destroy the pridefulness of the Israeli Army and proved that they are capable of inflicting heavy losses to it, making the enemy experience the taste of horror and defeat,” Qaani said. He also vowed support for the Palestinian cause until the ultimate destruction of Israel.

At the end of Israel’s military operation, the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei​, issued a statement of support to the Palestinians and congratulated them for their “victory against the Zionist regime.” At the same time, the commander of the IRGC spoke with the head of Hamas’s politburo and the secretary-general of Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Iran’s continued support.