Iranian Backing Boosts Palestinian Islamic Jihad
by John Rossomando • Jan 11, 2013 at 5:57 pm
Iranian support greatly improved Palestinian Islamic Jihad's (PIJ) fighting capabilities during November's conflict with Israel compared to its performance during the 2008-2009 Gaza war, Al-Monitor reports.
PIJ usually takes a backseat to Hamas in popular support, but its Al-Quds Brigades became a key component in the recent fight due to improved weapons capabilities provided by Iran and, to a lesser extent, Syria.
"The last assault was such a fruitful experience for us; it was such a practical training that obviously we have developed," Al-Quds Brigades spokesman Abu Ahmad said. "We are not the only Palestinian armed group that receives an Iranian support, but we are the one that admits it the loudest. We feel it's like an inevitable gratitude."
The group also was the first to launch rockets against Tel Aviv. Iran provided rockets and technical aid to the Palestinian factions, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari told the Fars News Agency.
The Al-Quds Brigades have also built weapons locally, using Iranian blueprints, due to the challenges of smuggling weapons through the Gaza tunnels. "Our local rockets proved their high level of proficiency, especially in the latest round of the battle," Abu Ahmad said.
The group fired 933 rockets at Israel, killing three people, while losing 31 terrorists in retaliatory strikes.
The Al-Quds Brigades boast a fighting force of thousands and also demonstrated a potent cyber-warfare capability when it hacked the cell phones of 5,000 Israeli soldiers and sent them threatening messages in Hebrew. It also published files containing personal information such as birthdates and emails addresses.
Iran's assistance has also included sponsoring the families of Palestinian Islamic Jihad prisoners and for its injured fighters.
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Who really has right to this Land ?
Submitted by Walter Sieruk, Jan 19, 2013 10:47
No matter how much Iran backs the PI J or any other violent jihadist enitiy all of them are fated to lose and they will never be able to destroy the State of Israel. This is because, eventhough they may not know it, they are striving against the Will of God. This is because God has declared in His Word, the Bible, that this area of the in the Middle East belongs to the Jewish people, Genesis 28:13-15. 35;10-12. Deuteronomy 32:48,49. Psalm 105:7-11. 135:4. This land also belongs the the Jewish people by the rights of history, First Kings 4;20,21,24,25. 8:55,56. So Iran and the PIJ and other likeminded Islamic groups are in error , wrong and in darkness, Isaiah 8:20. Second Timothy 3:16. Nevertheless, in all fairness, there is one way Iran and these different jihadist enities can convince God to change His Mind and His will then turn His back of the State of Israel and thus have that nation be no more. That way is to change the laws of astrophyics, including that of the sun, the moon and the stars. This is because God has said in Jeremiah 31: 35,36. "Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day and the ordinances of the moon and stars for a light by night...The Lord of host is His name. If those ordinances depart from before Me, saith the Lord , then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me forever." [KJV]