Tehran (EMS). All the supported countries including Iran and Russia have left Hamas in the war. Iran has made it clear that it will not directly enter the war between Israel and Hamas. On the other hand, Russia says that it wants to avoid a major war in the area. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Hamas chief Ismail Haniya earlier this month that because Tehran was not informed in advance of the devastating October 7 terrorist attack, it would not get involved in a war against Israel. A media report on Wednesday citing ‘three senior officials’ claimed that Khamenei had told Haniya that Iran would provide political support to Hamas, but would not directly intervene in the fighting.
The Iranian leader also reportedly asked Haniya to silence those voices in Hamas that are calling for Iran and its proxy terror group Hezbollah to directly engage in the war against Israel with full force. The report says that Hezbollah is also horrified by this massacre. Reuters quoted an unnamed commander of the Lebanese extremist group as saying, ‘We have become aware of a war.’
On the other hand, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the media that Moscow does not believe that Iran, Lebanon or Hezbollah want the Israel-Palestine war to turn into a major regional conflict. There are concerns that fighting between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas could spark a wider war in the Middle East. Israel’s defense minister has threatened to bomb the Lebanese capital Beirut, similar to Israel’s campaign in Gaza, while some Americans have called for an attack on Iran. However, Moscow believes that there is no desire for any major conflict in Lebanon or Iran.