“Made in Iran” stamped on a bag of cement used to conceal rockets aboard an Irani ship destined for Gaza via Sudan. Photo: IDF.
The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday began a hearing, entitled ‘Iran’s Destabilizing Role in the Middle East,’ where experts fingered Iran for supplying Hamas with the rockets that have besieged Israel for the past nine days. The hearing came as media reports described how Hamas is adapting to land and sea embargoes by now only smuggling key weapons parts from Iran and assembling their lethal rockets within Gaza.
At the start of the hearing in Washington, D.C., at 10AM, Committee Chairman U.S. Rep. Ed Royce railed against the Islamic Republic for its “considerable efforts to destabilize the Middle East” and described its nuclear program, in the words of one of the experts testifying, as “just the tip of a revolutionary spear that extends across the world and threatens key U.S. interests.”
Royce said: “When it comes to Iran, attention has rightly been focused on efforts to stop its nuclear program. But as one witness will explain this morning, ‘Iran’s nuclear program is just the tip of a revolutionary spear that extends across the world and threatens key U.S. interests.’ Tehran’s foreign policy — he goes on to say — ‘is subversive, sectarian, and set on goals that would come at the expense of U.S. interests in the region.’ He is right.”
“Indeed, with Iran’s long support of terrorist groups, militias and regimes, the region has been feeling the brunt of this ‘revolutionary spear’ for quite some time,” Royce said.
“Thanks to Iran, Hamas has re-armed since 2012,” he said. “And nearly 80 percent of Israel’s citizens are fleeing to bomb shelters as a result. With Iran’s aid, Shia militias within Iraq are rearming and mobilizing. The Assad regime, with Iranian forces, continues massacring Syrians. With Iran’s aid, Hezbollah is able to threaten Israel with over 25,000 rockets, while Houthi rebels supported by Iran are closing in on Yemen’s capital. Quite a record for the regime now sitting across the table from us in Vienna, where we have conceded that this number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world can enrich uranium, the pathway to a nuclear weapon.”
“Today, Tehran’s work is on full display, as hundreds of rockets have rained down on southern Israel,” Royce said. “It is Iran that provides the funding, weapons, and training to Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups. Iranian leaders have admitted to providing the missile technology that Hamas used against Israel during the last Gaza conflict in November 2012. And just the other week, a U.N. panel of experts concluded that rockets and weapons concealed on the Klos-C — including long-range M-302 rockets — originated from Iran.”
The Klos-C ship was seized by Israel in March. Hidden under bags of Iranian cement, Israel found 40 M-302 missiles, 181 122-mm mortars, and 400,000 7.62 caliber bullets. The weapons were …read more
Source: The Algemeiner