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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

#ThanksObama IDF Chief warns Iran will finance Hamas and Hezbullah

At the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) conference in Tel Aviv on Monday, IDF Chief of  Staff Gadi Eisenkot warned that sanctions relief for Iran would mean more funding for Hamas and Hezbullah.
Within a year to two years, large funds made available by sanctions relief will be directed by Iran towards trying to harm Israel, he added.

Iran's "advanced military industry" will develop further, and its transfer of funds to Hezbollah, which has so far stood at around a billion dollar a year, will increase.

"The assessment is that as the economic situation improves in Iran, more assets will be diverted [to building up capabilities against Israel]," he added.

Similarly, Hamas, which currently receives tens of millions of dollars from Iran, is set to receive more, while Tehran continues to try and traffic weapons to Gaza.


Hezbollah remains the "IDF's number one enemy," he said, challenging Israel's aerial and intelligence superiority though its conversion of 240 Shi'ite towns and villages in southern Lebanon into rocket assault bases.

Each such town and village has their own defensive Hezbollah units, rocket launchers, and command and control center. "They are the capability Hezbollah has built for the day they receive the order to attack. They are seeking to make their projectiles more accurate, and have grown in the past decade from 10,000 to 100,000 rockets and missiles," Eisenkot said.

Nevertheless, the chief of staff said, "Hezbollah understands the implications of an escalation in Lebanon," and has kept the peace in Lebanon for over a decade. "Our intelligence and operational abilities have improved dramatically compared to 2006, when we were focused on the Palestinian arena," he said.

"There is a deep understanding [among Hezbollah chiefs] of Israel's intelligence penetration into the organization. They perceive the IDF as a very strong, unpredictable military.

"In the coming three to five years, the threat posed by sub-state actors like Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaida, and ISIS will grow, as will the threat posed by rockets, offensive tunnels, and terror and guerrilla cells. The cyber threat will also grow. However, threats by conventional armies will shrink, and there are no enemy air forces, navies, or divisions that currently threaten Israel," he added.
Eisenkot also expects unconventional threats against Israel to decline in the next 3-5 years - something we can only hope and pray will be true - and notes with concern that ISIS has more support in Judea, Samaria and Gaza than anyplace else in the Arab world.

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