In an interview with Iranian media, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, compared the current administration in Tehran to Nazi Germany. Erdan stated that the Ayatollah regime in Iran behaves similarly to the Nazis during World War Two. He emphasized that the international community should recognize the need for a credible military threat against Iran as it poses an imminent danger to all.
The context of this statement comes in the aftermath of a devastating attack on Israel by Hamas, which resulted in the deaths of approximately 1,300 people, mostly civilians. Known as the ‘Al Aqsa Flood’ operation, Hamas militants entered Israeli territory after launching numerous rockets. This attack is regarded as the largest loss of Jewish lives in a single day since the Holocaust. Reports have also surfaced that Hamas fighters have taken about 150 people as hostages. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant have placed partial blame on Iran for supporting Hamas.
In response to the attack, Israel has launched a series of airstrikes and artillery bombardments on Gaza, causing thousands of injuries and severe damage to the region’s infrastructure. It is estimated that around 2,300 Palestinians have lost their lives as a result of Israel’s retaliation.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has denied any formal involvement in the Hamas operation, despite expressing strong support for the group. However, Ambassador Erdan argued that Hamas leaders have publicly acknowledged Iran’s assistance in providing weapons and funding. He believes that this acknowledgment negates the necessity of proving direct Iranian involvement in the attack.
The United States, represented by spokesperson John Kirby from the National Security Council, has stated that there is no concrete evidence of Iran directly participating in or organizing the Hamas attack. Similarly, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has expressed his belief that Iran bears responsibility for supporting Hamas to the extent that it was capable of planning and executing such an operation. However, Scholz also stated that there is no definitive proof of Iran’s operational support in this attack.
The conflict between Israel and Hamas, with Iran’s alleged involvement, has sparked international concern and debate. It highlights the complexities of the situation and the need for diplomatic and peaceful resolutions. The focus now turns to finding a sustainable path towards de-escalation and addressing the root causes of the conflict.