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Assad's Puppet Takes Credit for Tel Aviv Bus Bombing

Mon, November 26, 2012

Ryan Mauro

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) took credit for the Tel Aviv bus bombing on the day it took place. The PFLP-GC is a puppet of the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad, Iran’s closest ally. The announcement took place on Iranian television. This strongly indicates that Syria and probably Iran were involved in the bombing, likely hoping to shatter ceasefire talks.

“This is the war of the resistance alliance, the battle of us all. This war extends from Tehran to Damascus, to Gaza, to South Lebanon, and to Hezbollah,” the PFLP-GC spokesperson said. Bashar Assad and Ayatollah Khamenei couldn’t have said it better themselves.

Assad trots out the PFLP-GC to try to retain the support of Palestinians in his country, using the terrorist group to argue that he’s their defender against Israel and the West. In his estimation, the fighting between Israel and Hamas is an opportunity to divert attention away from his bloody rule and towards the jihad. And if he and his Iranian backers want to escalate that fighting, the PFLP-GC is a loyal proxy to use.

Unfortunately for Assad, this overused trick of hyping the threat from Israel and the West isn’t working as well as it used to. Those that do not want war see right through it, and those that value jihad view the Muslim Brotherhood as a better alternative. As a result, Palestinian refugee camps are becoming the scene of intense protests against the Assad regime.

During one Palestinian protest, a demonstrator said, “We will not accept to be a bargaining chip for the Syrian regime.”

Assad deploys the PFLP-GC and its leader, Ahmad Jibril, to the scenes to rally support for the regime and to even fight alongside it. In one incident, Jibril went to the funeral of a Palestinian protester murdered by the regime. He was greeted with stones and condemned for trying to hijack their cause. The trick didn’t work. Palestinians opposed to Assad even attacked the PFLP-GC headquarters last summer.

Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org's National Security Analyst and a fellow with the Clarion Fund. He is the founder of WorldThreats.com and is frequently interviewed on Fox News.

The PFLP-GC is even fighting fellow Palestinians in Syria. The rebels have formed their own Palestinian brigades with the goal of using them to oust the PFLP-GC from the Yarmouk Camp that houses 150,000 Palestinians.  Last week, 10 members of PFLP-GC were killed in fighting near the camp.


In a lie so plain that it’s almost comical, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said it opposes “with full determination against any attempt to drag the Palestinians into what is happening in Syria.”


Hamas thanked Iran for its so-called victory after the ceasefire was declared. It is theorized that one of the objectives of Israel’s offensive was to eliminate the terrorist group’s stockpile of Fajr-5 missiles that allow it to strike Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. The commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps admits that Iran “gave them the technology and they produce the missiles themselves.” Palestinian Islamic Jihad thanked Iran for the missiles.


The Washington Free Beacon reports that Iran gave about 100 of these missiles to Hamas via Sudan. Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies believes that Israel’s concern about these missiles is what prompted it to bomb a factory in Khartoum on October 23.


Iran obviously wanted this conflict happen and PFLP-GC’s bombing of the bus in Tel Aviv indicates Syria and Iran didn’t want it to end. The Gaza-based terrorist groups are obligated to abide by Hamas’s ceasefire with Israel but PFLP-GC is based in Syria and is beholden to Assad and Iran. They have a vote.