THE commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps elite Quds Force sent a letter to the military wing of Hamas to reaffirm its allegiance toward the Palestinian militant group which forms part of the so-called Axis of resistance headed by Iran.
Iran’s Quds Force commander Esmail Qaani sent the letter to the top commander of Al-Qassam Brigades which serves as the military wing of Hamas.
The secretive Quds Force is responsible not only for defending Iran but also for taking control of its allied militia in the region, including Hamas, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, the Houthi militia in Yemen, and various militias in Iraq and Syria which are all part of an alliance system known as the Axis of Resistance headed by Iran.
In a letter made public to the media, Qaani assured the Hamas commander of support from its brothers from the Axis of Resistance and do ‘whatever it takes’ to help the Palestinian militant group.
The Iranian commander sent the letter to al-Qassam two weeks after Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei told Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh of its refusal to wage a war with Israel on behalf of the Palestinian militant group.
In a face-to-face meeting in Tehran, the supreme leader told the head of Hamas the Islamic Republic would not enter the war with Israel and accused the terror group of its failure to notify the Islamic Republic before it launched the deadly attack in Israel on October 7. Khamenei also told Haniyeh that Iran would continue its political and moral support for Hamas, but would not intervene directly in its fight with Israel.
The Iranian supreme leader also reportedly asked the Hamas chief to “silence those voices” within the militant group calling for Iran and its proxy terror group Hezbollah to launch a “full force” war against Israel.
Iran denied involvement in the surprise attack launched on October 7 and said it did not want to spread further the fighting between Israel and Hamas.