Comments Mahmoud Al-Zahar A senior Hamas figure and former foreign minister Palestine In an interview with Al-Alam Network on the occasion of the anniversary of the martyrdom of Haj Qassem Soleimani, who said during his visit to Tehran حاج قاسم He has given them bags containing $ 22 million to pay the salaries of the employees of the self-government, which has become a subject for Persian-language media and social networks for a few days.
As Mahmoud Al-Zahar He himself narrates in this conversation that his visit to Tehran dates back to 2006, when he made demands during a meeting with then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Ahmadinejad referred him to the commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force.
Al-Zahar goes on to say that during a meeting with Hajj Qassem Soleimani, they agreed on an amount to help the Palestinian government pay its employees and help the people, but when they went to the airport, they saw several suitcases containing $ 22 million. According to him, the agreed amount was more than this, but because their delegation was 9 people and the capacity of each suitcase was 40 kg, they could not transfer more than this amount.
At first glance, Al-Zahar’s remarks are a fascinating account of how money is transferred between Iran and the Palestinian resistance groups, but what the Persian-language opposition and counter-revolutionary media have covered is highlighting the Islamic Republic of Iran’s financial aid to its regional allies in secret. That Iran’s financial assistance to regional think tanks is a new topic that has been raised for the first time by Al-Zahar.
The assistance of the Islamic Republic of Iran to its allies and like-minded groups in the region is an issue that has been repeatedly stated by the Supreme Leader of the Revolution and by other officials and officials of the country and the system and even other officials and leaders of the resistance in the region. There is an abundance.
** We help and we do not hesitate to say it
For example, the Supreme Leader of the Revolution said in his Friday prayer sermons in Tehran on February 5, 2012: We interfered in anti-Israel issues; The result was the victory of the Thirty-Three Day War and the victory of the Twenty-Two Day War. After this, wherever any nation, Any group that fights against the Zionist regime, we are behind it and we help it, and we have no hesitation in saying this. This is the truth and reality.
** All our budgets and expenses come from the Islamic Republic of Iran, do you want more transparency?
In July 1995, when the Central Bank of Lebanon blocked 100 Hezbollah bank accounts due to US sanctions, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of Mustafa Badruddin: There is no whole world for anyone to come and speak openly, clearly and honestly; In front of the whole world we say! Our brother speaks frankly! Budget, expenses, expenses, food, weapons and missiles of Hezbollah come from the Islamic Republic of Iran! the whole? It has nothing to do with banks and as long as Iran has money, it means we have money. “Do you want more transparency?”
** We have helped the Palestinians and we will continue to help
The Supreme Leader of the Revolution once again on November 15, 2009, during a meeting with regime officials, guests of the Conference on Unity and Ambassadors of Islamic Countries, emphasized: “Our position on the Palestinian issue is a principled one; It is a definite and principled position. Before the victory of the revolution, from the beginning of the movement, our great Imam clarified the danger of the influence of Zionism and the intervention of Zionism and the oppression of Zionism; We have been in this position since the beginning of the revolution. The first thing the Islamic Republic did was to take the Zionist center in Tehran, which belonged to the previous regime, out of them, and give it to the Palestinians; This was a real work as well as a symbolic work, and to this day we are in our position. We supported Palestine, we helped the Palestinians, we help again, we have no consideration for this issue. The whole Islamic world must help Palestine.
However, another question that arises is whether the assistance of a country in the Islamic Republic of Iran to its allies is such a strange issue that the Persian-language media consider it a negative point?
Naturally, the first logical reason for Iran’s assistance to like-minded groups in the region is the issue of national interests and, above all, security; Part of any country’s national security is provided outside its borders. For example, in recent years, the Zionist regime, as the number one enemy of the Iranian nation, has sought to strengthen its presence in the neighboring countries of the Islamic Republic of Iran with US political support to threaten Iran’s internal security, which is part of recent scenarios in the region. This is one of the shameful contracts for the normalization of relations between several Arab countries and the occupying regime in Jerusalem.
It is natural that where the number one enemy of a country seeks to be close to the borders of that country, the other side also directly or indirectly (through allies or proxy forces) threatens the enemy; Like the threat that the Islamic Republic of Iran has made to the Zionist regime today by strengthening resistance groups such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Palestine.
But strengthening allies also requires spending, as Mahmoud al-Zahar recently put it; The question that may come to mind is whether it is cost-effective for our country to spend money on allied groups? Isn’t it better to spend the money that is spent on the resistance groups on other things in the country, such as civil works and services, etc.?
The answer to the question is simple, the costs that the Islamic Republic of Iran spends today on strengthening the resistance groups in the region in order to maintain the balance of power and security in the region in its favor, are much less than the costs that the lack of this balance can cost the country and economic activities. , Social, cultural, political and … impose it.