Egyptian-American political analyst Magdi Khalil said that Hamas waged the recent round of fighting against Israel in order to help Iran in its nuclear negotiations with the U.S. He made these remarks in a show that aired on Al-Jazeera Network (Qatar), on June 8, 2021. He said that for this reason, the round of fighting should have been called the "Battle of the Sword of Iran," and not the "Battle of the Sword of Jerusalem." Khalil also said that Hamas targets civilians in Israel and uses civilians in Gaza as human shields. He said that even Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar admitted that Hamas maintains military bases inside residential areas, such as high-rise buildings (see MEMRI TV clip no 8905). Khalil added that mothers in Gaza are not permitted to mourn their sons, for fear of Hamas, and they are forced to ululate in celebration at the death of their sons. He said that Iran has killed more people in one decade than all those killed in wars with Israel since 1948. For more information about Magdi Khalil, see MEMRI TV clips Nos. 8855, 8508, 8352, 8211, and 7943.
Magdi Khalil: "Hamas does not care about civilians at all. It kills civilians in Israel using every possible method, and it uses civilians in Gaza as human shields. Yahya Sinwar admitted that [Hamas] was transferring its military bases away from residential areas and high-rises. He admitted that all their military bases are located in high-rises. No one believes him that they are going to move them. In other words, they sacrifice the civilians in Gaza, and they target every Israeli civilian, as well as the airport. If Hamas would have hit a civilian airplane with civilian passengers on it, this would be a cause for celebration for Hamas. Despite all this, compare the number of casualties [in Israel] and [in Gaza].
"We cannot call this war 'The Battle of the Sword of Jerusalem.' It did not change anything in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, and it will not change anything in Jerusalem in the future. This was the 'Battle of the Sword of Iran,' not the 'The Battle of the Sword of Jerusalem.' This [war] was waged in order to help Iran in its negotiations with the U.S. over the nuclear agreement. [Hamas] thanked Iran and Bashar Al-Assad, and they thanked the Houthis in Yemen, and awarded them a shield [of honor]. Hamas is now working against the Arab region in its entirety. Hames holds cheap the people who died in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon. The number of people that Iran killed in the last decade is many times more than the number of people killed in all the Arab-Israeli wars since 1948.
"The tyrants exploit Palestine and the Palestinian cause for the sole reason of increasing their tyranny and controlling the public. [Gamal Abdel Nasser said:] 'No voice is louder than the voice of battle,' whereas in Israel, they exchange the body of a single Israeli soldier for thousands of Palestinians or Lebanese... Just imagine how they value life on either side. Women in Gaza are not allowed to mourn for their sons. They ask her: 'Why would you cry when your son is going to Paradise?' They turn human feelings into something abnormal.
"They are ululating. Their sons are dead, and they are ululating. They are torn inside, but they are ululating because of Hamas, because Hamas is threatening them, Hamas is feeding them, Hamas is giving them money, and it is Hamas that is receiving money, the same Hamas whose leaders are now among the richest people in the world. Soon they will appear in Forbes magazine. To sum it up, look at all the Arab countries that fought Israel from 1948 to this very day, and then look at Israel. Which one is stronger? Which one is thriving? Which one has stability? Which one is democratic? Compare [Israel] to any Arab country."