The Iranian government will renew its financial support for the Gaza-based Palestinian terrorist group Islamic Jihad after cutting off that funding for two years amid strained relations, the London-based Arabic daily newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported Wednesday.
Iran’s plan follows Islamic Jihad leaders’ trip to Iran in April, in which the terrorist organization’s visiting delegation and Iranian leaders discussed how they could strengthen violence against Israel.
“The defense of Palestine amounts to a defense of Islam,” Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah said in April.
“The Arab states did not support the popular uprising in Palestine and will never support it since it contradicts their leaders’ agendas. Iran is the only state that supports the intifada and the martyrs’ families,” added Shalah.
Islamic Jihad’s Quds Brigades will now receive $70 million directly from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. The Quds Brigades—known as Islamic Jihad’s “military wing”—was reorganized by Qassem Suleimani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force. Khaled Mansour, a trusted confidant of Iran, will now have command of the Quds Brigades.
Iran had reportedly cut off its funding to the Palestinian terror group over the latter’s refusal to support Iran’s proxy in Yemen, the Shi’a-Muslim Houthi rebels.