steampunk heart
Op-Ed

The Iranians remember ungrateful Palestinians

The decades-long Palestinian-Israeli conflict has been a focal point of international attention, sparking passionate debates and garnering support from around the world. However, in the midst of this global discourse, there has been a significant shift in the perspective of a significant portion of the Iranian population, who are distancing themselves from their earlier support for Palestinians and showing a more favorable view of Israel.

This shift can be attributed to several key factors, which provide a glimpse into the evolving dynamics of Iranian society.

In recent times, the rise of China as a global power and Russia’s sustained influence present persistent global challenges. Simultaneously, the Middle East grapples with continuous instability, demanding a multifaceted approach to tackle diverse threats effectively.

  • The cancerous tumor of Islamic terrorism has reemerged. The Hamas assault underscores significant aspects: long-standing tensions and conflict, potential regional escalation with broader implications, the severity of the current situation, and the surprise Hamas attack and intelligence, all emphasizing the critical need for effective intelligence and surveillance.

The international community must not turn a blind eye to the sponsorship of Hamas terrorism by certain nations.

Qatar and Turkey, hosts to Hamas officials, need to be held accountable for enabling this reign of terror. The United States, as a global leader, should reconsider its partnerships with nations that harbor and propagate terrorist elements.

It is our moral duty to stand united against such savagery and ensure that justice is served for the innocent lives lost.

One of the prominent factors contributing to this shift is the Iranian people’s firsthand experience with a regime that shares values and behaviors akin to groups like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The Islamic Republic of Iran, with its oppressive tactics and restrictive ideology, has created a sense of aversion among Iranians towards similar movements.

As a result, Iranians have come to view Hamas as just another oppressive force, rather than a symbol of liberation.

Another significant factor is the economic cost associated with supporting Palestinian causes.

The Iranian government’s substantial financial aid to Palestinian groups, often amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars annually, has raised questions among Iranians about their country’s financial priorities. With domestic economic challenges and widespread poverty, many Iranians are wondering why their resources are being channeled abroad instead of addressing pressing concerns at home.

  • Palestinian support for other groups, including Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War, has left a mark on Iranian memory. Iranians have not forgotten this lack of reciprocity, leading to a sense of disillusionment.

The perception that Palestinians have not shown solidarity with Iranians in their times of oppression has further fueled this sentiment.

Proxy groups supported by the Iranian regime, such as Hezbollah and the Popular Mobilization Units, have played a role in suppressing Iranian uprisings and opposition movements. This involvement has stirred resentment among Iranians who question why their government supports groups that actively participate in oppressing their fellow countrymen.

The unexpected terrorist attacks underline the mullahs’ involvement in providing training and resources for these acts, despite some crystal-clear facts regarding direct coordination. This complicity finds its roots in Iran’s historical support for terrorists of Hamas and other Palestinian groups, with the IRGC, Quds Force, and MOIS providing substantial assistance to Hamas in their recent attacks on Israel.

In the face of the horrific violence witnessed during the recent conflict between Hamas and Israel, it has become abundantly clear that the central command and support for these criminal acts lies in Tehran, the capital of Iran.

Hamas, acting as the infantry of the Quds Force, executed strategic decisions in coordination with Iranian leadership, displaying an alarming level of brutality and inhumanity that shocks the conscience of humanity.

The selective outrage and silence of the Iranian government and Palestinian supporters in the face of oppression against other Muslim and non-Muslim groups have revealed a troubling level of hypocrisy. Iranians have noticed that the same level of vocal support and protest is not extended to these oppressed communities, undermining the moral credibility of those who claim to stand for justice and human rights.

The Iranian government’s propaganda machinery has played a vital role in shaping the changing perspective.

  • Iranians have observed how the government labels Israel as a fabricated state while recognizing and engaging with neighboring governments in the southern Gulf. This double standard has not gone unnoticed, further fueling skepticism.

Multiple pieces of evidence point to Tehran’s orchestration and support for Hamas’s acts of terror. The timing and scale of the operations, the tactics employed, and the level of planning involved in the attacks on innocent civilians are beyond the capacity of Hamas alone. They are indicative of the Quds Force’s involvement, providing not only technical and logistical support but also financial and educational resources to Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Iran’s support for Hezbollah and Hamas is deeply rooted in shared objectives and ideological alignment.

Both groups share the common goal of opposing Israel and are driven by Islamist militant ideologies. Iran’s backing of this alliance serves its interest in reducing Israel’s influence and establishing regional dominance. This potential alliance bears implications of escalating the conflict, altering regional dynamics, and challenging diplomatic and peace process efforts in the Middle East.

In conclusion, the shift in Iranian opinion on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a complex phenomenon rooted in lived experiences, economic priorities, perceptions of unreciprocated support, the actions of proxy groups, and the government’s selective engagement.

  • It is a reflection of the evolving dynamics within Iranian society and underscores the importance of understanding the intricacies of public opinion when analyzing international conflicts. As the winds of change continue to blow, it is imperative to recognize that the global landscape of opinion and solidarity is evolving, and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is no exception.

In summation, The Hamas assault on Israel unveils Iran’s significant influence as the mastermind behind the scenes.

Iran finances, arms, and orchestrates Hamas, hinting at a potential escalation in a broader regional conflict involving Israel and Iran. Iran’s motivation for this organized aggression lies in a closing window to disrupt Arab-Israeli peace, capitalizing on the Biden administration’s policy shifts that fund terrorism.

  • Hamas’ deliberate targeting of civilians aims to provoke a robust Israeli response, shaping public perception and potentially isolating Israel. The evolving scenario necessitates strategic decisions from Washington, as it could determine the conflict’s trajectory and its potential nuclear ramifications.

Source: Erfan Fard – Israel Hayom