Israel condemned a statement made by Iran’s ambassador in Lebanon in which he announced that Iran would give financial support to Palestinian terrorists and their families.
“This is further proof of Iran’s deep involvement in encouraging terrorism against Israel. Following the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with the world powers, Iran is allowing itself to be once again a central player in global terror,” the Israeli foreign ministry spokesman said.
Speaking at a press conference in Beirut on Wednesday, Ambassador Mohammad Fathali announced that Tehran is to offer around $30,000 (€27,500) to the families of Palestinian terrorists killed in the “Jerusalem intifada” while attacking Israelis.
The current wave of violence, which has seen at least 31 Israelis killed in near-daily attacks by Palestinians since the start of October, was initially centred on Jerusalem and in particular the Temple Mount which is holy to both Jews and Muslims.
During the press conference, the Iranian ambassador was accompanied by leaders of several Palestinian factions, including Hamas’s foreign relations chief, Osama Hamdan.
He said “the decision firstly includes giving an amount worth $7,000 to every family of a martyr of the intifada in Jerusalem.”
Iran will also offer $30,000 to every family whose home was demolished after a relative committed a terror attack, he said.
“Iran will not abandon the Palestinian people, who are faced with killing, theft, and explusion,” said the ambassador. “The blood of the martyrs will bring the liberation of all Palestine from the sea to the river.”
At least 31 Israelis killed in near-daily attacks by Palestinians since the start of October, was initially centred on Jerusalem and in particular the Temple Mount which is holy to both Jews and Muslims.
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Danny Danon sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon demanding that he condemn Fathali’s announcement. Danon said, “If the UN is really interested in bringing calm to our region, they must cut off the flow of Iranian financial support of terrorism.” Iran has long been the major backer of terrorist group Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, providing weapons, training and finance.
It is estimated that Hezbollah has an arsenal of around 100,000 rockets aimed at Israel. Recent reports also indicate that Tehran is rebuilding close relations with Hamas, after a disagreement regarding the Syrian Civil War.
Israel’s Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned during a visit to Cyprus that Iran is building an international terror network, including “sleeper cells” gathering intelligence, arms and operatives readying for future attacks in Europe and the United States.