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Iran Replaces Iraq, Becomes Top Funding Source for Arafat's Fatah

January 29, 2004
World Tribune
Tribune.com

Iran has become the main financier of the largest Palestinian insurgency group in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Israeli military sources said that over the last year Iran and its Hizbullah ally have supplied the ruling Fatah movement with as much as 90 percent of the organization's requirements to maintain the Palestinian war against the Jewish state.

The sources said Iran has replaced Iraq in financing Fatah operations against Israel. Until early 2003, Iraq was pumping about $2 million a month to Palestinian insurgents, mostly Fatah, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Middle East Newsline reported.

The sources said Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat has steadily reduced funding to Fatah and provides no more than 10 percent of Fatah's requirements to maintain the war.

"Arafat is hardly involved in the financing of the war. Iran is," a senior military source said. "But without Arafat, Iran would not have the Fatah infrastructure to finance."

"In every [Palestinian] town and village, you can find groups of Fatah people who have been financed and trained by Iran," [Res.] Maj. Gen. Amos Gilad, director of the Israeli Defense Ministry's political-military unit, said.

The Iraqi funds were halted in March 2003 when the United States invaded Iraq and ousted the regime of Saddam Hussein.

On Tuesday, Israeli security sources said Arafat has again resumed the harboring of Palestinian insurgents wanted by Israel. The sources said the insurgents included recruiters for suicide bombers or the bombers themselves. In all, the sources said, about 30 Palestinian fugitives wanted by Israel have found safe haven in Arafat's headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

In another development, the Israeli government held its first meeting to draft a plan for unilateral separation from the Palestinian Authority. The meeting was led by National Security Council chairman Maj. Gen. Giora Eiland National and included officials from the Mossad intelligence agency.

http://216.26.163.62/2004/me_iran_01_27.html
13 posted on 01/29/2004 7:28:14 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
"Arafat is hardly involved in the financing of the war. Iran is," a senior military source said. "But without Arafat, Iran would not have the Fatah infrastructure to finance."

Wish they would differentiate between the regime and the populace.
16 posted on 01/29/2004 7:52:18 AM PST by nuconvert ("Why do you have to be a nonconformist like everybody else?")
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To: DoctorZIn; nuconvert; F14 Pilot; faludeh_shirazi; Pan_Yans Wife
Iranian visits Congressmen in Washington



WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Iran's ambassador to the United Nations has visited Washington to meet with a bipartisan congressional group, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

The visit by Mohammed Javad Zarif came a week after Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi met with Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., D-Del., the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Zarif would not take such a potentially controversial step unless he had general approval from Tehran, Iran experts said.

While Zarif's visit was not official, it had to be approved by the United States since Iranian envoys at the United Nations are restricted to 25 miles around New York City because the two nations have no formal relations.

"This is a process that has been very carefully considered by both sides," said William G. Miller, a former U.S. diplomat affiliated with the Woodrow Wilson Center and Search for Common Ground, who helped organize the visit.

http://www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20040129-091010-4289r.htm

Note: Hard-liners are suffocating the reformists while seeking engagement with the US at the same time.

Death Wish to Iranian democracy and push towards more radical terrorism.

My guess is that certain elements in our administration are playing the engagement game again...
17 posted on 01/29/2004 11:28:15 AM PST by freedom44
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