Iran determined to arm West Bank Palestinian factions

Iranian officials have repeatedly declared that despite the geographical and logistical challenges of delivering weapons to Palestinian factions in the area, arming these groups remains a priority.

This comes amid increasing Israeli attacks on Iranian targets in Syria and as Israel implements security operations inside Iran — the latest being Mossad’s seizure in January of secret documents from Tehran related to the Iranian nuclear program.

Jordan and Israel both forbid arms movement across their borders into the West Bank. Also, the Palestinian Authority (PA), which controls the West Bank, doesn’t permit arms proliferation among the factions there. These restrictions make it difficult for Iran to achieve its goals. Iran so far has failed to transfer missiles to Palestinian factions in the West Bank, but it’s not giving up, Yahya Rahim Safavi, a senior military adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, announced June 6.

“The issue remains on the Iranian agenda under the supervision of [Khamenei], who continues to guide the leaders of [Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] in this framework, especially its Quds Force,” Safavi said.