December 15, 2005

Hamas Threatens To Increase Attacks If Israel Attacks Iran

Hamas has threatened to increase attacks on Israel if Israel attacks Iran:

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Palestinian militant group Hamas will step up its attacks on Israeli targets if the Jewish state attacks its key ally in the region, Iran, Hamas chief-in-exile Khaled Meshaal said on Thursday.

"If Israel attacks Iran then Hamas will widen and increase its confrontation of Israelis inside Palestine," Meshaal told reporters in Tehran, where he has held three days of talks with top political and security officials.

The United States and Israel accuse Iran of arming and funding militant groups such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

Iran says it only gives moral support to the Palestinian groups.

Meshaal also backed Iran's disputed nuclear program, which the United States and the European Union fear is to acquire nuclear bomb. Iran denies having any atomic arms ambitions.

"If we assume that Iran has a military nuclear program, what is wrong with that when Israel and others have them?," said Meshaal, whose remarks were translated from Arabic into Farsi.

Israeli officials have warned they could try to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities in the same way that Israel bombed Iraq's Osiraq nuclear reactor in 1981. Iran has said it will retaliate if attacked.

Hamas is already dedicated to the destruction of Israel, so this comes as no surprise.
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