Reports: Iran feverishly rearming Hamas

Sunday, November 25, 2012 |  Ryan Jones

This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. According to Israeli sources cited by London's Sunday Times, satellites have picked up Iranian cargo ships being loaded with medium and long-range missiles, presumably destined for the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Israel agreed to a sudden, and some say premature, ceasefire in Gaza as Israeli leaders told the public that the military goals had all been achieved. That might be true - a bulk of Hamas' missile stockpile was destroyed - but that's only telling half the story.

With Hamas still in charge, and apparently more popular than ever after its "victory" over Israel, finding willing soldiers to assist in the rearming isn't going to be difficult.

And Iran is seemingly all too thrilled to pick up the tab.

If intelligence sources are right, the cargo ships will head to Sudan, from where the medium-range Fajr-5 missiles will be smuggled overland into Gaza. The long-range Shahab-3 missiles believed to also be on board will likely remain in Sudan, which itself will be only too happy to join the next war against Israel.

With it becoming abundantly clear that Hamas will recover, and perhaps even increase, its military strength, and with the premature ceasefire having given the group a major boost of confidence, many Israelis are wondering what was the point of the limited aerial campaign their nation waged.

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