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IRAN: Hamas has secret anti-Israel weapon in Gaza, cleric says

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Hamas possesses a “new weapon” to face Israeli armor in case Israel decides upon a ground invasion into the Gaza Strip, a senior Iranian official and ranking cleric told worshippers in Tehran today.

Rafsanjani_2According to former Iranian president Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, chairman of Iran's powerful Expediency Council, the advanced weapon would allow the Palestinian militant group to target Israeli tanks “from a long distance.”

Rafsanjani's statement is highly provocative, in tune with a heated Iranian campaign of rhetoric against Israel's Gaza offensive.

It also suggests that Hamas may have stored up the same advanced, portable high-tech anti-tank weapons Hezbollah used to disable Israel's Merkava tanks during the 2006 war between the Shiite militant group and the Jewish State.

U.S. and Israeli officials accuse Iran of providing weapons to Hamas in Gaza, which has been pummeled by six days of Israeli air strikes.

In his Friday prayer sermon, Rafsanjani said Hamas fighters had the ability to beat Israeli in the battlefield:

“Zionists are vulnerable ... as the Zionists are weak by nature and rely only on material things while Palestinians are seeking to be martyrs and are ready for self sacrifice. ... Hamas missiles are homemade and simple and Hamas will not run out of them and they can produce more.”

Rafsanjani stuck a sensitive chord for Shiite Muslims worldwide by comparing Israel to Yazid, the ancient ruler who is believed to have killed Imam Hossein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed and one of the venerated figures of Shiite Islam.

Shiite Muslims around the world are currently commemorating Ashura, a 10-day morning period during which they lament every year the death of Hossein.

"The Israelis are targeting mosques, houses and everywhere they like with laser-guided rockets from jet fighters,” he said.

Earlier, an Iranian official continued the government's harsh criticism of so-called moderate Arab regimes, mainly Egypt, who some accuse of acquiescing to the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

Iran’s foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, addressed Arab rulers in a speech preceding Rafsanjani's sermon, calling for an urgent meeting for the foreign ministers of Islamic nations:

“You, who have conceded so far, you who have given up resistance ... you have helped the continued domination" of Israel.

-- Ramin Mostaghim in Tehran and Raed Rafei in Beirut

Top photo: Israeli soldiers work near Merkava tanks at a military staging area along the border with the Gaza Strip. Credit: Jim Hollander / European Pressphoto Agency.

Inset photo: Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani speaking to worshippers at Friday prayers in Tehran. Credit: File photo

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Lets HAMAS have equal weapon as israel have, I think Hamas will destroy the coward israel soldier.
Free Palestine...
israeil is the REAL TERRORIST

People who live in Glaza houses, should'nt throw rock(et)s

What say you; if the Jews where given a part of US soil or the UK or Germany for this stance? Will any of you willingly give a peace of his land to the Israelis or any one else? I don’t think so.
Remember the act of aggression the Israelis took against the USS Liberty, off the cost of Gaza in 1967. 44 Americans marines where killed and 172 others wounded. There where sent to monitor the progress of Israel's attack on the Arab states. The Liberty was a lightly armed surveillance ship. They didn’t see it coming. And by the way they also used napalm bomblets on the deck of the ship to leave no witnesses. What do say to that?
Be thankful that you are not on the receiving end when our friends the Jews kick Ass as you say.

TO ALL YOU ISLAMOPSYCHOTICS:
Where is Itan's gift to Hamas? I think that they forgot to
send it and in all likely hood it is sacks of pig shit to be
thrown at our army. As for the Iranian ship on its way
to Gaza turn back or be forced to turn around by our
Navy. TO THE CREW OF THIS SHIP-SAVE YOURSELVES
THE HUMILIATION OF BEING TAKEN CAPTIVE!!!!!!!

If IS=IR, then the followings are true :D
Iran is beggar country which get several billion dollars hand out annually
Iran building settlement in Palestine
Iran is stealing water from Palestine
Iran killing and starving millions of people in Palestine
Iran is waging war on her weaker neighborhood countries every few years
Iran is a apartheid state according to Jimmy Carter
Iran infected the world with AID virus
Iran farted in Middle-East and there was hurricane in Caribbean's
Iran have infected world with a virus which make people stupid

Iran is behind a lot of mischief in the world...

Iran armed the Chechen rebels who killed many Russians...

Iran is arming Hamass...

Iran arms Hezbollah...

Iran wants a two front war with Israel...its clones are Ham-ass and Hezbollah...

Iran has armed many terrorist groups around the world...

I think it's obvious what their new "Secret Weapon" will be, but pee-filled condoms. (Of that, they should have PLENTY unused ones.)
Since, after all, they're not men enough to "*Get Any*" on earth, and are easily conned with getting 47 also dead virgins in the next life... To be a coward "Myrtr" with a bunch of plastique with someone else's finger on the detonator device.

an EMP(electo magnetic pulse) attack would do good on hamas.

"Secret Weapon", yes they do have it, They have will to fight for their land, unlike European trash which have moved there since after WWII!

"New Weapon"

=

women and children as shields.

tell hamas to take their heads out of their asses, its already over and they lose!

I am so sorry. I am an American . My shame invades my soul. I wish to stop my government from filling this earth and its peoples with such suffering. I am to lacking in resources to leave . And yet to hurt to stay with any level of internal peace. Please forgive me and my children for the pain my country has contributed to the beautiful arab world and beyond . I had hope for change, but it seems change is not forth coming. Israel can't continue to break these innocent people who just wish to live and worship in peace. It is pure cruelty. Many Americans of all faiths clearly see that Palestinian people are the oppressed here. The true victims. I am not a Muslim nor a Jew yet I can only see the beauty and light that faith brings to the heart. Why are people of faith so blind to truth and non judgement? The Sufis have a poignant saying," IN THIS WORLD NOT OF IT", I pray to all the great Teachers of humanity,to all the Gods and all the Goddesses to fill these hateful hearts with light and love.This is the only road to God. No killing, no hatred ,no judgement will ever solve this catastrophic nightmare in the books of history. Ahimsa. Forgiveness, Love will lead to the true path of Peace........

Another secret weapon : Journalists coming out with the truth of what is taking place.
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3b3_1230864719

I think these guys heavy on some weed. Their own economy in ruins and still they daydream on "superweapons".

MAYBE YOUR FRIEND SHOULD BATTER YOU INSTEAD JACKIE, YOU SEEM TO BE UP TO A FIGHT. AS FAR AS DUMMIES AND YOU LAUGHING ABOUT OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN DIEING FOR OUR CAUSE IN FREEDOM, YOU NEED TO BE BATTERED GOOD BY YOUR FRIEND FOR THAT . SCREAM AND LAUGH AT YOUR GOVERNMENT YEA, BUT OUR MILITARY? YOU MY GIRL ARE THE IDIOT. WHY DONT YOU GO LIVE OVER THERE? SEE HOW YOUR PISS POOR ATITUDE FARES WITH THE ISLAMIC RADICALS. YOU ARE WHAT WE VETS CALL A " UGLY AMERICAN" COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS YOUR FREE, BECAUSE YOU SURE SOUND LIKE YOU SHOULDNT BE. SHAME ON YOU JACKIE!!!!!!!!!!!

What one sided bS I see coming from the Arab world. They berate Isreal for defending itself and have the nerve to say the reponse by Isreal is too much and inhumane???

If you hit a stronger opponent for months attacking innocent civilians with untargeted missles launched into Isreal, don't be surprised if the stronger opponent has had enough and responds by kicking their butts. If you don't want your butt kicked don't fire missles.

There is nothing to negotiate if your aim is to destroy your opponent and refuse to their right to exist.

Maybe if Isreal took that stance of non Palestinain existance and went in and wiped out the Palestinians they may want to reconsider the approach to a lasting peace.

How about both sides have a right to exist and form a Palestinian state which does not advocate the destruction of Isreal. Until that time no real peace can be attained.

Now is the time for the Abab world to stand behind that logic in order to proceed.

Besides peace would not come with the destruction of Isreal as the Arabs would then fight among themselves like Hamas against Hezbolah and Shites against Sunnis.

Forget about all the fighting and find a way for all to co-exist.

My observation.

Marc,

You yap about Iranians fighting in Gaza...where's your proof. Plenty of American idiots are dying in the Middle East yet they couldn't find it on a map. As for Hamas "using secret weaponry already" well you were pretty wrong after Hizbollah destroyed the Israelis in 2006.
War is a crippling thing. It took France 25 years..a generation, to have a stab at Germany after WWI. Do you think that Iran, after 8 years of devastating war with Iraq can all of a sudden be "super" like you think in your childish video games. America is supposed to be so advanced and hard. Well New Orleans still looks like Nagasaki 3 years later. Don't be so pathetically sanctimonious that you would dismiss the anger of others. You'll be embarrassed...YET AGAIN!

Send 20000 more dummies into Afghanistan. I'll laugh at their screams. My friend who served (against my advice) in Iraq is already battering his wife. And they're the lucky ones!!!

I think he was refering to the fact that the Palestinians are willing to die for their cause (self defence in the true sense not the warped Israeli version) and that the Zionist are not. So once the Israelis make that mistake and invade the strip, then the picture will be different.

and marc If I was to name the Iranian leaders who have died in battle, unlike the brave leaders in the West, you would not even know them, so whats the point.

Why don't you pick someone in your own size, you want to mess with Iranians, be my guest, just don't use my tax money and children life!

I say let the young radical iranian muslim go get killed for the low life mullahs of Iran. that way we dont have to waste good american amo on these terriorist ass's. let Israel defend herself and maybe finally we can get some satisfaction out of the demise of Hamas. what a wasteful way to go, behind a beard full of cowards. You go Israel, America stands fast with you!!!!!!!

 
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