Title: Iran Maintains Support for Hamas Amidst Conflict but Avoids Direct Intervention
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In a recent meeting in Tehran, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reassured Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh that despite its longstanding support for Hamas, Iran would not directly intervene in the ongoing conflict between Hamas and Israel. Instead, the Ayatollah affirmed that Iran would continue to offer political and moral support to Hamas without entering the war on their behalf.
During the meeting, the supreme leader emphasized the need for Hamas to silence elements within their own group advocating for Iran and its ally, Hezbollah, to join the fight against Israel. The surprise attack launched by Hamas on Israel caught Hezbollah off-guard, forcing them to rapidly mobilize fighters who were not on alert near the border.
This conflict marks the first time that the Axis of Resistance, an alliance of Iran and its militant allies, has mobilized on multiple fronts simultaneously. However, the regional coalition faces challenges due to differing priorities and domestic issues among its members.
While Hamas has called on its Axis allies, including Iran and Hezbollah, to join the struggle against Israel, Iran stated that it will not intervene unless it is directly attacked by Israel or the United States. Instead, Iran relies on its allies to launch assaults on Israeli and American targets across the Middle East. This strategy allows Iran to demonstrate solidarity with Hamas and stretch Israeli forces without risking a direct confrontation that could involve the United States.
Hezbollah has engaged in frequent clashes with Israeli forces, but has so far managed to avoid an all-out conflict, containing the violence to a narrow border region. Hezbollah recognizes that Lebanon cannot afford another war with Israel due to its ongoing financial crisis.
Meanwhile, the United States is seeking to prevent further escalation of the conflict and has focused on ensuring military aid to Israel. Since the Gaza conflict began, the U.S. has faced numerous drone and rocket attacks from axis militias in Iraq and Syria.
Israel remains prepared to defend itself and is willing to fight on new fronts if necessary. Hezbollah has been identified as the most potent immediate threat. Although Iran maintains its firm opposition to Israel and the United States, the regime aims to stay in power and avoid direct conflict.
The current crisis underscores Iran’s realpolitik approach, as it continues to uphold its commitment to opposing Israel and the U.S. without directly engaging in a full-scale confrontation. Iran’s decision to withhold direct intervention in the conflict between Hamas and Israel showcases its desire to maintain domestic stability and regional influence.
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