by Dr. Reuven Berko
The Palestinians have never stopped to ask why Shiite Iran wants to help Sunni Palestinians.
Terrorist and Fatah Central Committee member Abas Zaki, who frequently calls for the destruction of Israel, recently voiced his support for Iran's pledge to pay $30,000 to any Palestinian who kills a Jew and has his home destroyed, and pay $7,000 to any shahid (martyr).
In Tehran, however, officials clarified that the terror funds would not be transferred via the "corrupt" Palestinian Authority, rather through Hamas. In an ensuing argument between PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Zaki, Abbas lambasted Zaki, saying he represents only himself with his hostile support for Iranian aid.
Increasing manifestations of disobedience and discord highlight the weakness of the PA's grip on power and the groundwork being cultivated for the battle over Abbas' successor. The distress among the people in the streets, the teachers' strikes, and the public criticisms of senior PA officials -- Fatah members and elected parliamentary officials alike -- are expediting this process. Statements by right-wing Israeli officials, about the PA's impending collapse and possible "crowning" of the murderer Marwan Barghouti as next president, have left the impression on the ground that Israel is confused, especially after it transferred funds to the Palestinian treasury to strengthen the PA.
In Francis Ford Coppola's film "The Godfather," an elderly Don Corleone points to the "mediator" between his family and its enemies as the traitor. An overview of Abas Zaki's activities points to a man who has caught the "scent of big money" and therefore supports the idea of Iranian cash bypassing the PA, despite it being clear that directly funneling those funds through Hamas will strengthen it and shatter the PA. Moreover, senior PA officials are aware that accepting Iranian money will mean an end to funds from Iran's arch rival, Saudi Arabia.
In the meantime, the millions of frozen dollars the Americans have released to the Islamists in Iran, within the framework of the nuclear deal, are quickly making their way to terror hubs across the Middle East. Iranian terror money, funneled to regimes, terrorist organizations and Shiite militias operating at the behest of Shiite Iran, has been invested in the methodical massacre of their Sunni rivals in the various conflict zones. This being the case, why would the Iranians want to help Sunni Palestinian groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad?
The answer is simple. For the purpose of marketing and exporting the Iranian revolution the ayatollahs adhere to the "divide, conquer, rule" method. Thus the "Al-Hashd al-Shaabi" Shiite militia, commanded by Haider al-Abadi, murders, rapes and exiles Sunni civilians in Iraq on behalf of Iran.
Iran's murderous marketing campaign is effectively implemented in Syria as well. Bashar Assad, who belongs to the Shiite-offshoot Alawite tribe, is directly supported by Iranian money, training and weapons, which are also transferred to the Shiite terrorist organization Hezbollah. With Iran's help, Syria has become a slaughterhouse. Dozens of civilians and members of Sunni terrorist groups, like the Nusra Front, Islamic State and others, are killed each day, the fictitious truce notwithstanding.
The cancer of Iranian terror has also become a menace to the Sunnis in Lebanon. The long arms of Iran have also reached into Bahrain in an attempt to make it a bridgehead for an invasion into the Saudi Peninsula, much as it seized control of Abu Musa Island in the Persian Gulf. Iran is swarming the Straits of Hormuz and Bab-el-Mandeb, is helping the Houthi rebels in Yemen, and is spilling the blood of the Sunni Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia. The Saudis recently uncovered Hezbollah terrorist cells in their midst, severed aid to Lebanon and called on it subjects in Lebanon to return home.
While the Palestinians quarrel over Iranian money that in all likelihood will not come, they haven't stopped to question why the Iranians, who are butchering Sunnis across the Middle East, are willing to help the Sunni Palestinians. The Iranian model, whereby it presents itself as a friend, also adheres to the Islamic principle of deception and concealment known as "Taqiya."
Dividing and weakening the PA while bolstering Hamas is intended to establish Iran's foothold in the area, and, incidentally, exploit the problem of Palestine, Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa to expand the sphere of support for Shia Islam. The "Zabarin" organization active in Gaza is one example of this deceptive method of Iranian operation.
Dr. Reuven Berko
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