Iran's Capitalism: Free Enterprise, Profit and Kassams
Rather than fuel their own population and economy with the productivity of competition, excellence and the resultant prosperity, the Iranian theocratic state has established Gaza as a Free Enterprise Zone for terrorists, utilizing Hizballah as a conduit for capitalism. Iran’s dominant hand in international terrorism is undeniable, both historically and in the present. Its supply of precision milled of armor-piercing explosives for roadside bombs in Iraq and the recent capture of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps officers evidence the mullah regime’s commitment to kill Americans in Iraq. Iran’s supply of Hizballah’s rocket and missile stores and other munitions for use against Israeli cities and civilians as well as the IDF remain undeniably evidenced over the summer.And now, fresh Israeli intelligence indicates that Hizballah is paying Palestinian terrorists for Kassam attacks on Israel, with the per diem amount based in part on the number of Israeli civilians killed or wounded.
According to Israeli intelligence information, Hizbullah is smuggling cash into the Gaza Strip and paying “a number of unknown local splinter groups” for each attack.Shin Bet added that it has evidence Hizballah has been directly paying various splinter groups in Gaza for their deadly terrorist free enterprise endeavors - including the Popular Resistance Committees, responsible for the attack that netted the abduction of IDF Corporal Gilad Shalit - while established terror groups such as Islamic Jihad are paid through their Damascus headquarters in Syria.
Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) sources said the Islamist organization paid several thousand dollars for each attack, with the amount dependent on the number of Israelis killed or wounded.
“We know that Hizbullah is involved in funding terrorist activity in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank,” a security official said.“Palestinian terrorists get thousands of dollars per attack. Sometimes they are paid before the attack and sometimes they submit a bill to Lebanon afterward and the money gets transferred a short while later.”
The Hizballah conduit for Iranian sponsorship of terrorists in the West Bank and Gaza is neither new nor secret. The young Jenin leader of Fatah’s al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorist group openly praised Iran’s assistance provided through Hizballah, adding that his West Bank terrorists and others coordinate their attacks with Hizballah and receive arms, funds and training from them. [English translation courtesy Vital Perspective.]
In the published remark that surely displeased his Iranian benefactors, al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades’ youthful Jenin leader Zakariya Zubeidi proclaimed, “Without the help of our brothers in Hezbollah we could not have continued our struggle. They give us money and weapons. We coordinate our military operations.”
The recent Iran-sponsored Kassam rocket attacks from Gaza by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad have been designed to provoke an Israeli military response, evidenced by the PIJ’s own public statements to that end. Embedded within the Gaza population and intently launching rocket attacks from their close proximity, the Palestinian Islmaic Jihad - and thus their Iranian sponsors - seek to sacrifice the lives of Palestinian civilians in order to provoke Israeli self defense that can be then manipulated into propaganda claiming Israeli war crimes on Palestinian civilians.
With yesterday’s resultant Israeli decision to allow the IDF to once again engage terrorists launching rocket attacks from Gaza, the various Palestinian terrorist groups and Iran are poised to reap their sinister reward, too often fueled by an international media that rarely dares look beyond the latest explosion.
Meanwhile, Hamas expands its terror Rolodex to include Pakistan’s al-Qaeda aligned Lashkar-e-Taiba and others while the terrorist group’s PA Prime Minister travels to Tehran successfully soliciting hundreds of millions in Iranian financing now cut off from Western donors.
While the world chooses to focus on the Iranian nuclear crisis, the West’s attention is misplaced without the proper context of the Iranian mullah regime’s relentless and pervasive sponsorship of international terrorism, from Iraq to Lebanon and from Gaza to Somalia and beyond. The list of victims is not limitted to the various terrorist target lists, but includes the citizens of Iran as well through a neglected economy that will not heal itself.
While still widely portrayed as an OPEC oil state in pursuit of nuclear technology, it must be recognized that terror is Iran’s chief export.