(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – A massive war in the Middle East involving the United States and Iran might be avoided as a report claims the Iranian Supreme Leader has told his counterpart from the Palestinian Islamist terrorist group Hamas that the Islamic Republic won’t join its attack against US ally Israel.
Tensions in the Middle East went through the roof after, on October 7, Hamas staged a surprise terror attack in Southern Israel, massacring over 1,400 people, including 33 Americans.
Iran, which analysts believe holds power over Hamas, has stated that it was not given prior notice of Hamas’ terrorist attacks on October 7 and has decided not to join the Palestinian Arab terror organization in its conflict against Israel, according to a report by Reuters, cited by The Daily Caller.
This information comes from Iranian and Hamas officials who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei communicated to Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas, that Iran would offer moral support but would refrain from direct involvement in Hamas’ activities against Israel.
Khamenei also urged Haniyeh to quell Palestinian demands for Iran and Hezbollah, its proxy terror group, to fully engage in the conflict.
Historically, Iran has been a supporter and financier of Hamas, as well as other terror and militia groups throughout the Middle East, as stated by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Despite calls from Hamas for support from its Iranian-backed allies since the October 7 attacks, Iran has maintained that it will only directly engage in the conflict if attacked by another nation, such as the US or Israel.
Similarly, Hezbollah, another Iranian proxy based mainly in Lebanon, has not directly entered the conflict, limiting its actions to minor skirmishes with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) along the Israel-Lebanon border.
Instead of actively joining Hamas, Iranian-backed proxy groups have been conducting drone and missile strikes against Israel and US forces in the Middle East.
These proxies in Syria and Iraq have reportedly carried out at least 46 attacks on US and allied targets since the initial Hamas attacks.
In response to Hamas’ actions, Israel initiated a comprehensive counteroffensive in the Gaza Strip, including airstrikes and a ground invasion.
The Biden administration has urged Israel to temporarily halt its military operations to facilitate the release of more hostages and the delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza.