As this publication predicted last year, the Iranians would find the Biden administration weak and move against it. They did so by targeting American ally Israel. It was a test of American resolve. By cowardly asking the Israelis to go soft on Hamas, Biden failed that test. Now emboldened, more tests will come and they may be directly aimed at America.
Israel didn’t initiate attacks on Gaza or Hamas or the Palestinian Authority. And it didn’t attack the backer of this violence: the regime in Iran.
Every single life lost in this conflict, Israeli and Palestinian alike, is the result of Iranian-backed Palestinian terror.
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) May 19, 2021
FNC: “Israel Defense Forces (IDF) international spokesman Jonathan Conricus argued on ‘Fox and Friends Weekend’ on Sunday that none of the recent violence in the Middle East “would have been possible without Iranian knowledge, funding, expertise and hands on involvement on the ground.”
“It’s very clear, Iranian fingerprints are all over the situation in terms of money, knowledge, personnel and energy spent,” Conricus told host Pete Hegseth. He said that “when the most important countries around the world are thinking about negotiating with Iran, people need to remember [that] the Iranians are the number one exporters of instability and terror and death and destruction in the Middle East and they should be addressed and held accountable as such.”
“Iranian specialists, engineers and people who deal in rocketry and explosives have been educating and telling Hamas engineers how to produce rockets, how to manufacture their own weapons. Had it not been for that very specific and detailed Iranian intervention, we wouldn’t have been in the situation now.” The IDF focused on hitting “these capabilities, both in terms of the locations where they produce the weapons, the rockets and also in terms of the key personnel, the terrorists, the engineers that are behind all of these rockets that have been fired throughout Israel. We knew even on the first day of fighting that no matter how hard we would hit Hamas, they, at the end, like all terrorists do, would declare victory, but I don’t think that’s how they feel today.
“I think that there’s probably a lot of reckoning, a lot of different after-action reviews that Hamas, their seniors, have to make because as they now come up from the tunnels that they hid in during these 11 days of fighting and meet the civilians that they are responsible for, they now see the magnitude of the destruction of their military infrastructure and they have to face the anger of the civilians in terms of what happened to the Gaza Strip and what they, Hamas leaders, brought upon Gaza … for the first time since 2008. I think as the days will pass, we will see what kind of damage and how many military casualties Hamas and the other terrorists sustained and according to our estimate, it is not an insignificant number, we’re talking about a lot of dead terrorists.”
Speaking from Tel Aviv, Conricus said to Americans, “Do not reward Hamas with a prize. Do not get confused with what happened on the ground, who started this, and do not forget which country is a democracy, which country is fighting against an evil jihadi terrorist organization…”