The Edge of Terrorism
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|Yael Factor||April 5th 2015|
Iran has transferred tens of millions of dollars for the reconstruction of the tunnel system that was destroyed by IDF during Operation Protective Edge â€“ the British Sunday Telegraph reported last night. Intelligence sources quoted in the report assess that this cooperation is a sign that the two old allies are putting behind them a rift caused by the conflict in Syria.
The sources told the newspaper that in addition to the funds for the tunnels reconstruction, Teheran is also funding new missile supplies to replenish stocks, meant to hit cities and communities in Israeli territory.
The Iranian aid to Hamas can be seen at part of its involvement in other conflicts in the Middle East, like the civil war in Syria and the battle over the control of Yemen. â€œIranâ€™s Shiite leaders are trying very hard to increase their influence throughout the region at the expense of the Sunni regimes,â€ a senior Western security official told the newspaper.
In recent years Iran supported the Bashar Assad regime, which fought the rebel organizations in their attempt to overthrow him. Teheran is supplying Syria with equipment and military aid via Hezbollah in Lebanon.
In Yemen, Iran is backing the Shiite Houthi rebels who are gaining control of more and more areas in the country, while fighting the internationally recognized government in Yemen. The Houthi rebels gained control over the capital Sanaâ€™a a few weeks ago, as well as over most of the inhabited areas in Yemen, up to the Arabian Sea in the south of the country.
Their progress led to the forming of an Arab coalition, a first of its kind, lead by Saudi Arabia, which carries out aerial attacks against the Shiite rebels.