The head of the Palestinian resistance movement thanked Iran for supplying military support and financial backing during the recent conflict with Israel in a televised address Friday.
Just hours after Israel and Palestinian authorities agreed to a ceasefire, Ismail Haniyeh, a chief figure in Hamas, gave a warning that it will continue to “defend” Jerusalem.
“Jerusalem remains the center of the conflict,” he said according to a report by the Jerusalem Post, suggesting fighting in the region will continue.
Haniyeh thanked “the Islamic Republic of Iran; who did not hold back with money, weapons and technical support.”
“We will use the aid of other Arab countries as well,” he added.Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed to Friday’s remarks as a reason why the U.S. should not lift Iranian sanctions as the Biden administration attempts to re-enter a nuclear deal.
“America is about to supply Iran with billions of dollars in sanctions relief to continue this,” Pompeo said on Twitter. “For America’s security, and for that of Israel, this is dangerous.”