Islamic Jihad official says his missiles are Iranian-made
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Islamic Jihad official says his missiles are Iranian-made

Ziad Nakhaleh says Fajr-3 and Fajr-5 rockets have 'returned the pride to the Palestinian people'

Elhanan Miller is the former Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

An apartment building in Rishon Lezion, south of Tel Aviv, that was hit by a rocket from Gaza, November 2012 (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)
An apartment building in Rishon Lezion, south of Tel Aviv, that was hit by a rocket from Gaza, November 2012 (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

The deputy leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) said Tuesday that missiles launched by his movement during Operation Pillar of Defense were manufactured in Iran and given “generously and with great effort” to the Palestinian people.

Ziad Nakhaleh told Iran’s Arabic language Al-Alam TV station that Fajr-3 and Fajr-5 missiles donated by Iran have “returned the pride to the Palestinian people.

“This wonderful weapon has proven its important role in battle. It has tilted the balance of power and proven to the Israelis that we can bomb their cities like they bomb ours, and bomb their army camps like they bomb our children,” Nakhaleh said.

PIJ continues to maintain close ties with Iran. Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal said on Monday that his movement has drifted away from the Islamic Republic this year due to differences over Iran’s support for the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad.

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