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Thursday, November 22, 2012
Gaza missiles Iranian-made or financed – Islamic Jihad

Islamic Jihad deputy leader, Ziad Nakhaleh, speaking to Iran’s Arabic
language Al-Alam TV, confirmed that the missiles launched by his movement
during Operation Pillar of Defense were manufactured in Iran and given
“generously and with great effort” to the Palestinian people.

Gaza missiles Iranian-made or financed – Islamic Jihad
21/11/2012 Asharq Al-Awsat
http://www.asharq-e.com/news.asp?section=1&id=31890

London, Asharq Al-Awsat – Islamic Jihad commander, Ramadan Abdullah Shallah,
yesterday revealed that the missiles being launched by Palestinian factions
in the Gaza Strip into Israel were either Iranian made or had been purchased
thanks to money from Tehran.

Shallah, speaking during an interview with Al-Jazeera TV, confirmed that
“the weapons that are being used today to resist this Israeli aggression and
arrogance…come mainly from Iran” adding “the weapons are either Iranian
manufactured, or their purchase has been funded by Iran.” The Islamic Jihad
commander also said “the entire world knows this and it is no secret”.

He also stressed that “if there is a difference of opinion with Iran
regarding what is happening in Syria, I do not think that there is any
difference of opinion between ourselves and Iran – as the Islamic
resistance – regarding what is happening in Palestine or in the Gaza Strip.”

Shallah also called on the Arab states to arm the Palestinian factions. He
stressed that “regarding the symbolic Palestine, we are 100 percent with
Iran. Iran has given us all the support, aid and assistance.”

However he added that “it is not reasonable that arming the resistance in
Gaza should be limited to or monopolized by Iranian arms…we want arms from
all the Arab states.” He stressed that “it is important that the
Palestinians should have arms to defend themselves.”

For his part, Islamic Jihad deputy leader, Ziad Nakhaleh, speaking to Iran’s
Arabic language Al-Alam TV, confirmed that the missiles launched by his
movement during Operation Pillar of Defense were manufactured in Iran and
given “generously and with great effort” to the Palestinian people.

He added that the Fajr-3 and Fajr-5 missiles “donated” by Iran have
“returned the pride to the Palestinian people.”

Nakhaleh said “this wonderful weapon had proven its important role in
battle. It has tilted the balance of power and proven to the Israelis that
we can bomb their cities like they bomb ours, and bomb their army camps like
they bomb our children.”

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that all
countries, particularly Muslim states, should provide assistance to the
people of Gaza.

Responding to a question as to whether Tehran had armed the Palestinian
factions with Fajr missiles, he said “you should ask military officials
which country made these missiles. But the Palestinian people should be
aware of their rights, and it is the duty of all countries to support them.”

He added “it is necessary that all countries take the measures necessary to
defend the oppressed Palestinian people when the well-equipped Zionist
regime commits crimes.”

Mehmanparast also claimed that “now that they (the Zionists) have faced a
strong defense by the people of Gaza and have been taken aback, they are
seeking a ceasefire” adding “we are in full preparedness to defend ourselves
and it is the Zionist regime that has become desperate.”

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