Iran stoking Israel-Palestine conflict to draw global community into Middle East chaos

USA diplomat Dennis Ross warned of Iran’s interest in the Israel-Palestine conflict. While speaking on the Today Programme, he insisted that Iran benefits from the conflict continuing as it supplies Palestine with weapons. He added the Hassan Rouhani has an interest in putting pressure on Israel and its allies despite the horrific conflict. 

Mr Ross argued Iran’s strategy puts pressure on the US, an insistence Tehran hopes could reignite the conversation between Washington and Iran over its sanctions. 

Today Programme host Justin Webb said: “There is a view that Iran has an interest in this violence continuing.

“An interest in supplying Hamas with weapons, the weapons that they use against Israel and in general fomenting the kind of instability around the Middle East that would then persuade the Joe Biden administration that it needs to deal more seriously with Iran.

“Do you think that is true?”

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Mr Ross said: “I think that Iran has certainly been stoking this.

“We know that the drones that Hamas has been using came from Iran, people probably also got training from Iran in using them.

“I would say that the Iranians have an interest in trying to put ongoing pressure on Israel.”

Mr Ross added that Iran is hoping to capitalise on other conflicts in the Middle East in order to pressure the US. 

UN security council met in a specially convened session to discuss the ongoing conflict and foreign ministers and ambassadors called for a ceasefire and for both sides

Secretary-General of the UN António Guterres said: “The fighting risks dragging Israelis and Palestinians into a spiral of violence with devastating consequences for both communities and for the entire region

“It has the potential to unleash an uncontainable security and humanitarian crisis and to further foster extremism, not only in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, but in the region as a whole.”