The Israel-Hamas war erupted on Oct. 7 when Hamas members launched a surprise attack on Southern Israel, killing more than 1,200 Israeli women, children and men, as well as foreign nationals in the area.
In response to the attack, Israel’s government launched a full-scale invasion of Gaza, where Hamas is located, leading to the deaths of more than 25,000 people in the territory, most of whom were women and children, according to the Hamas-run Ministry of Health.
No evidence has been found which directly links the Islamic Republic to the planning and execution of the Oct. 7 attack. However, Hamas’ membership to the Iran regime’s Axis of Resistance – a coalition of states and groups opposed to Western influence in the Middle East – and the significant financial and military support it receives from Iran, have raised concerns about the regime’s involvement.
The escalation of the conflict, which now includes several Western and Middle Eastern countries as well as key Iran regime-backed militia groups, has placed the regime under intense international scrutiny.
Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior fellow at Washington-based think tank the Foundation for Defence of Democracies, talks to Kayhan Life in this interview about the conflict, why he believes Iran’s regime is at the heart of the war, and how the conflict could play out in the coming months.