ANALYSIS: Increasing Iranian Threat to Israel and World Peace

What will come of a critical meeting between Israel, America and Russia following escalation of Iranian aggression?

By Yochanan Visser | | Topics: Iran
Photo: Noam Revkin Fenton\Flash90

Four days after the United States and Iran came close to war, an unique meeting took place in Jerusalem between American, Russian and Israeli national security advisers.

The meeting was already planned before the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down a large unmanned American aircraft (UAV) above the Strait of Hormuz and was supposed to be dealing with the situation in Syria.

However, statements by US security adviser John Bolton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it clear that the Iranian threat to Israel was the main agenda item of the mini conference.

Bolton reiterated the promise made by the Trump Administration that Iran would never obtain a nuclear weapon while Netanyahu praised the US government for reintroducing a heavy sanction regime against Iran.

The Israeli leader again accused Iran of financing Palestinian terrorist movements and of providing support to Hezbollah which, according to Netanyahu, receives sophisticated weapons and missiles from the Islamic Republic.

Russia’s national security adviser Nikolai Patrushev made clear, however, that he didn’t see Iran’s activities in the Middle East as a threat to the region and called Israel’s airstrikes in Syria “undesirable”.

Patrushev even claimed Iran was “contributing a lot to fighting terrorists on Syrian soil and stabilizing the situation there.”

The Iranian threat to Israel became more acute last week after the IRGC shot down an American MQ-4C espionage UAV over the Strait of Hormuz and not as Iran claimed above Iranian territory.

IRGC leaders subsequently threatened with a war that could set fire to the entire Middle East and again threatened Israel with total destruction.

Former Iranian Defense Minister General Hossein Dohghan claimed that Iran is capable of destroying American bases across the Middle East and said  “Israel knows that Iran will erase its entity and uproot it from existence in case of a war.”

To achieve these goals, Iran today has ultra-modern rockets and other sophisticated weapon systems at its disposal that it independently manufactures in various countries including Syria and Lebanon.

Also last week, news broke Iran is trying to set up espionage networks in Judea and Samaria, the so-called West-Bank.

The Israeli internal security service Shin Beth announced that it had arrested a Jordanian businessman who had come to Judea and Samaria after receiving instructions and funds by representatives of the IRGC in Lebanon.

The man, Taer Shaafut (32), was supposed to recruit Palestinian Arabs for the new espionage cell. In exchange for his services, the IRGC promised Shaafut to help him building a new factory for Shiite workers in Jordan.

The arrest followed a statement by Yahya Rahim Safavi, Supreme Leader Khamenei’s security adviser, about Iran’s intention to deliver weapons and missiles to Palestinian terrorist groups in Judea and Samaria.

Safavi said the arms deliveries would be supervised by Khamenei and that Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Brigade of the IRGC is making strident efforts to arm Palestinian terrorist groups in Israel’s biblical heartland.

More alarming news about subversive Iranian activities against Israel came out of Syria on Monday.

Times of Israel analyst Avi Issacharoff reported Hezbollah now controls the area along the Israeli border on the Golan Heights.

The Syrian army takes its orders for a large part from Hezbollah commanders and assists the terrorist movement  in setting up a military infrastructure and an espionage network, according to Issacharoff.

Hezbollah recruits former members of Sunni militias who surrendered to dictator Assad’s army last year and arms them.

The terror group has also established 20 lookouts on the Golan Heights from where Syrian soldiers and Hezbollah members follow the movements of the Israeli army on the other side of the border.

These practices contradict the 1974 Separation of Forces agreement which was reintroduced after the Syrian army recaptured southern Syria last year.

According to new provisions added after Russian mediation, the Quds Brigade and Hizbollah were supposed to remain at least 80 kilometers from the Israeli border.

The ‘Syrian army’ in southern Syria is now headed by Munir Ali Naim Shaiti, better known under the pseudonym Hajj Hashem, a Lebanese Hezbollah commander.

Hezbollah commander Ali Musa Daqduq, furthermore, is in the process of setting up a special unit which is designated to launch terrorist attacks from Syria in the near future.

The special unit consists of Syrians led by Lebanese Hezbollah commanders.

The Israeli Air Force has carried out hundreds of missions to prevent this alarming development and at the beginning of May bombed two of the lookouts used for Iranian espionage purposes.

The Trump Administration now wants to form a global coalition against Iran and has started applying asymmetrical war tactics which are also used by the IRGC.

After the downing of the UAV, the Americans launched a cyber attack on Iran’s military and intelligence which temporarily disabled anti-aircraft and missile launchers in the Islamic republic.

Another tactic against Iran is increasing cooperation between American, Israeli and European security services.

For example, the Mossad provided the British secret service MI-5 with information that prevented a Hezbollah attack on London.

The same seems to have happened in France where an Iranian plot was discovered against the capital Paris. Iran used civilian aircraft to smuggle half a ton of TATP explosives into France via diplomatic mail.

Iran, however, continues to try to expand its global terror network.

The Quds Force of the IRGC is currently recruiting Africans who are supposed to destabilize the African continent and attack American targets.

The same appears to be happening in Venezuela, South-America, as was discovered recently. Hezbollah and Iran have tried to set up a terror network there and are engaged in drug trafficking to finance their subversive activities.

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