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Al-Manar is an Arabic-language Lebanese-based television station operated by the Hezbollah political party. The station was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Beirut.
Photograph of Iranian Demonstrators holding Palestinian flags and a caricature of Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu​
FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War
Elias Kassem

As Gaza Gets More Dire, Escalation May Be Iran’s Only Option

Iran this week has reaffirmed its full support for Hamas, issuing new threats to escalate with more attacks like Oct. 7. This came after some in the region had criticized Iran for now joining the fray directly. With the rising rhetoric, Iran can't stay passive forever.


CAIRO — It was just hours after the deadly October 7 Hamas assault that Iranian leaders sent an effusive congratulatory message to the Palestinian militant group it has long supported with funds and weapons.

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But in the intervening five weeks, Tehran has mostly kept a low profile, and even take some distance from the Hamas attack in southern Israel that killed 1,200 and triggered the Israeli military’s assault in Gaza that has killed more than 12,000.

Some even suggested that the Iranian regime was so worried about being drawn directly into a region-wide conflict that it might quietly cut off its support of Hamas.

But now, Tehran is making it clear that escalation is by no means off the table.

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