Al-Sabirin (the name comes from the Arabic word for “patience”) has begun recruiting an intended initial force of 400 fighters, the TV report said, and is directly funded by the regime in Tehran.
Because it follows Shi’ite Islam — as does Iran and the Iranian proxy militia Hezbollah in Lebanon — it is having a difficult time gaining recruits among Gaza’s Sunni Muslims. Nonetheless, the report said, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards is allocating funds to the nascent group, transferred through a charitable organization named after the founder of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini.
The symbol and flag of the group are very similar to those of Hezbollah, which in 2006 fought a major war against Israel, and which Israel today believes has an arsenal of some 150,000 rockets and precision missiles in south Lebanon ready for use against Israel should Iran give the word.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has repeatedly vowed to arm fighters in Palestine against Israel — a pledge he has restated in the wake of July’s world powers’ nuclear accord with his regime. Israel’s leadership bitterly opposed the terms of that deal, warning that it would embolden Iran in its support for terrorism and regional aggression, and bolster the regime’s finances, as well as paving its path to the bomb.
Tehran is also channeling funds to woo recruits to the organization through the familiar path of philanthropy, the TV report said, citing school equipment and household goods purchased with Iranian money for needy Gazans. It showed school supplies in Gaza bearing the picture of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, and cooling fans purchased, ironically, in Israel.
Full article: Iran trying to set up its own terror group in Gaza (The Times of Israel)