Iran and the Palestinian Nationalist Movement



The Iranian regime supports the Palestinian cause as a means to thwart Israeli-Palestinian rapprochement and spread its hegemonic, revolutionary dogma throughout the Arab world. It uses indirect military support to various Palestinian factions, direct social support, and weaponization of the Palestinian diaspora to undercut Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and maintain a hold over the course of the Palestinian nationalist movement and cause. By supporting more extreme factions and actors to undermine pragmatists and moderates, Tehran ensures the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will remain a point of contention which it can exploit.