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Gazans say 'Thank you Iran' after Israel war
Published Tuesday 27/11/2012 (updated) 28/11/2012 21:36
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A woman walks next to a banner that reads "Thanks and gratitude to
Iran" in Gaza City on Nov. 27. (Reuters/Ahmed Zakot)

GAZA CITY (Reuters) -- Gazans offered very public thanks to Iran on Tuesday for helping them in this month's fight against Israel, when Iranian-made missiles were fired out of the enclave towards Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

"Thank you Iran", said large billboards on three major road junctions in the Gaza Strip -- the first time there has been such public acknowledgement of Iran's role in the arming of militants in the tiny territory.

The message was written in Arabic, English, Hebrew and Farsi. The posters also depicted the Iranian Fajr 5 rockets that were used for the first time to target two large population centers. No one was injured in the attacks.

The billboards were not signed, but a senior official with Islamic Jihad, Khader Habib, said it was only natural to show gratitude for Iran's role in the conflict.

"Iranian rockets struck at Tel Aviv. They reached out to Jerusalem. Therefore it was our duty to thank those who helped our people," he told Reuters.

"We have distinctive, good relations with Iran and such a relationship will continue as long as Iran supports the Palestinian people and backs up the resistance," he added.

Israel launched an air offensive on Nov. 14 with the stated aim of stopping Gaza militants from firing rockets at its southern towns and cities.

Over 170 Palestinians, more than half of them civilians, died in the fighting that ended in a ceasefire last Wednesday. Six Israelis were also killed, four of them civilians.

Israel has always asserted that Tehran supplied Gaza with weapons, but until the latest conflict both Iran and Hamas had side-stepped the issue, acknowledging only financial backing and warm political ties.

During the eight-day war, the Iranian speaker of parliament, Ali Larijani, said Iran was "honored" to have provided Gaza with military aid. Following the ceasefire, Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal thanked Iran for arms and funding.

The public statements appeared aimed at dispelling speculation that the mainly Sunni Muslim Gaza Strip was shutting the door on Shiite Iran and turning instead to neighboring Egypt for support and protection.

Israeli analyst Meir Javedanfar said he thought the Iranians would regret telling the world they supplied Hamas with arms.

"Now that such high-ranking officials openly admit to having supplied weapons to groups in Gaza, the job of isolating Iran will be even easier than before," said Javedanfar, an Iranian expert at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.

Israel and many Western countries say Iran is developing nuclear weapons and have imposed increasingly stringent sanctions on the Islamic Republic to get it to halt its uranium enrichment drive. Tehran says its atomic program is peaceful.
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1 ) Amira / Canada
27/11/2012 20:50
to Israeli analyst Meir Javedanfar: Why it is allowed that Israel is being armed and financed by US-taxpayer funds and Europe to occupy illegal Palestinain land, to terrorize Palestinians and to commit war crimes against them? Palestinians are victims of occupation. Don't they have the right to self-defense against occupation as per Geneva Convention and International Law?

Can someone explain?

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
27/11/2012 20:55
Ironically -- thanks to her own unprovoked and savage attack -- Israel will be less able than ever to do anything about this traffic. Good move, Israel! Keep winning yourself to death. Is this your triumph for the year, or can you top it before Christmas?

3 ) hariri / qatar
28/11/2012 02:02
symbolic for so many reasons... not just for hamas

4 ) I understand / Jordan
28/11/2012 05:22
to all people who critisise the resistance for being close to Iran... I tell them what do you want the resistance to do... nobody else is willing to offer real help...even Morsi and the new Tunisia that care about Palestine cant provide the palestinians with tangible help bc they fear the american /european response I am not a fan of Iran but Hamas has shown its not Irans puppet when it took its own independent posiiton on whats happening in syria... and when the world imposed the seige on gaza

5 ) Yarden / Israel
28/11/2012 09:54
Amira, the right to self-defense does not include the right to deliberately target civilians and commit other war crimes (such as denying Shalit meetings with Red Cross representatives.) You all keep bring up "the right to self defense" without mentioning that Hamas mainly kills civilians.

6 ) @4 / hosam,palestine
28/11/2012 19:32
they help supply all those brigades i hear ,not just hamas'
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