Haley Calls Hamas Remarks on Strong Iran Ties ‘Stunning Admission’

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Credit: U.N. Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called remarks by a leader of the Hamas terror group lauding its strong ties with Iran “a stunning admission” that illustrates Iranian violations of U.N. resolutions.

Iran is now “the largest backer financially and militarily” of Hamas, the Palestinian terror group’s leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, told reporters this week in his first meeting with the media since assuming his new position. Together with the Iranians, Hamas is building up its military capability and preparing for “the liberation of Palestine,” he said.

Sinwar also emphasized that recently renewed relations with Iran are “fantastic,” and have returned to the “former era” of close ties between Hamas and the Islamic Republic.

“Once again, Iran is showing its true colors,” Haley asserted, adding that Iran must abide by U.N. resolutions or decide “whether it wants to be the leader of a jihadist terrorist movement.”

“It’s long past time for the international community to hold Iran to the same standard that all countries who actually value peace and security are held to,” she added.