May 18, 2022
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A Hamas delegation arrived in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Wednesday for a series of meetings with Iranian regime officials, according to Iranian state media. Fittingly, Wednesday is also Holocaust Memorial Day.

The delegation is headed by Khalil al-Hayya, a senior Hamas figure based in the Gaza Strip, and includes Hamas’s representatives in Iran and Lebanon, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

The meetings, which are scheduled to begin on Thursday, will focus on the “latest status of the Palestinian nation’s resistance,” according to the report.

Hamas’s military wing in Gaza has for years received Iranian funding, to the tune of tens of millions of dollars per year, as well as training.

Prior to Egypt’s sealing of the Rafah border crossing and destroying most of the cross-border tunnels linking Sinai to Egypt in past years, Iran also smuggled significant quantities of surface-to-surface rockets into Gaza for Hamas, and for its Palestinian proxy Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

However, Hamas’s leadership has reportedly experienced internal disagreement in recent years over the extent to which the Sunni terror organization should be aligned with the Shi’ite Islamic Republic.

In 2020, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, who regularly describes Israel as a “tumor” to be removed, boasted of Tehran’s supply of arms to Palestinians.

“Iran realized Palestinian fighters’ only problem was lack of access to weapons. With divine guidance and assistance, we planned, and the balance of power has been transformed in Palestine, and today the Gaza Strip can stand against the aggression of the Zionist enemy and defeat it,” he said, according to Reuters.