Avid Editor's Insights

Iran asks Hamas and Hezbullah to coordinate attacks on Israel

Posted by avideditor on January 4, 2010

Iran has apparently asked Hamas and Hezbullah to coordinate attacks on Israel.

A Lebanese Web site on Sunday quoted Saudi newspaper al-Madina as reporting that Iran nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili met with Hamas and Hizbullah officials, including Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal, in Damasucs and asked them to orchestrate “operations” against Israel.

The report said that Jalili also traveled to Beirut and urged Hizbullah and Amal representatives to launch attacks.

Jalili reportedly also asked Hamas and Hizbullah to coordinate their attacks.

There’s only one thing about this story that makes no sense: Why now? With the West reaching the conclusion that Iran cannot produce a nuclear weapon for another 18 months anyway and Israel apparently playing along, why would Iran try to spur Hamas and Hezbullah into action now – especially Hamas which still has not recovered from last winter’s Operation Cast Lead? Unless Iran doesn’t believe Israel intends to give Obama the time he has requested for sanctions against Iran to take effect.


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