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Israelis are in denial about the next missile war – Israel News – Haaretz.com

Israel is short of bomb shelters and Hezbollah could have chemical weapons: The next war will kill our black swan, one way or another.

More than a quarter of the population has no access to a bomb shelter. Many more have inadequate one shelters, reckons the watchdog.

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Meanwhile, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman hinted on Thursday that the Air Force’s last reported raids on Syria were to prevent Syria from transferring chemical weapons to Hezbollah.

Israelis are in denial about the next missile war – Israel News – Haaretz.com

How the Iran deal, Syrian civil war prepares Hezbollah for future war with Israel and terror

In a candid moment, a Hezbollah special forces commander recently admitted to VOA that, “in some ways, Syria is a dress rehearsal for our next war with Israel.”

The new cadre of fighters Hezbollah is bringing in is also professionalizing what was previously an explicitly guerrilla-oriented organization. The fight for Syria against the nominally Sunni “Takfiri” (apostate) ISIS, has been a gift to the Shia Hezbollah, spurring recruitment efforts. Put simply, Hezbollah is not just getting better at fighting, its army is also getting bigger.

Finally, the political fallout from the Obama administration’s often aloof posture toward Arab allies such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates has encouraged Iran and Hezbollah to consolidate political power in Beirut.

How the Iran deal, Syrian civil war prepares Hezbollah for future war with Israel and terror

Liberman Acknowledges Strikes on Syria, Pledges to Deprive Hezbollah of Advanced Weapons | The Tower

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman acknowledged his country’s recent airstrikes against Syrian targets, saying in an address to European Union ambassadors on Wednesday that the strikes were meant to prevent Hezbollah from receiving “advanced weapons, military equipment and weapons of mass destruction.”

Though it is unusual for an Israeli government official to acknowledge airstrikes that take place on foreign soil, the country’s leaders have publicly made it clear that they will not allow the Iran-backed terror group to cross its red lines.

Liberman Acknowledges Strikes on Syria, Pledges to Deprive Hezbollah of Advanced Weapons | The Tower

Israel trying to keep chemical arms from Hezbollah, Liberman says | The Times of Israel

Israel is working to keep chemical weapons out of Hezbollah’s hands, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Thursday, clarifying comments a day earlier that hinted the terror group was attempting to obtain mass-casualty arms.

In a conversation with the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Liberman again seemed to confirm that Israeli forces had been behind two recent strikes inside Syria that had been blamed on the Jewish State.

Israel trying to keep chemical arms from Hezbollah, Liberman says | The Times of Israel

Israel Casts Wary Eye on IS Threat on Syrian Border

As civil war grinds on in Syria, neighboring Israel has been largely uninvolved – even as the Islamic State (IS) said it considers Israel a prime target.

But a recent attack launched into northern Israel from Syria by militants affiliated with IS have heightened fears in Israel and stirred concerns that IS may try to lure Israel into the broader Middle East conflict, analysts say.

Khalid Ibn al-Walid Army – an Islamist group in southern Syria that pledged allegiance to IS this year – opened machine gun and mortar fire last week on an Israeli military patrol. The Israeli military responded with an airstrike that killed four Islamist fighters.

Israel Casts Wary Eye on IS Threat on Syrian Border

High-Stakes Game over Syria As Khamenei-Putin Axis Advances | Frontpage Mag

“How long can Israel defend itself as the Khamenei-Putin axis advances?”

Whatever Putin’s real motive, he is helping create a situation of unacceptable danger to Israel and a Middle East bifurcated between Shiite and Sunni blocs—a recipe for ongoing war and explosive instability.

How long can this relatively tolerable—for Israel—situation continue?

There is a mutual understanding of each other’s interests. Though Russia and Iran are backing Hezbollah combat rebel forces fighting against the Assad regime, Russia understands that Israel cannot allow weapons from Hezbollah in Syria to be moved to Lebanon, where they will be aimed at the Jewish state.

Indications are that its days may be numbered. Even if Putin’s strategic goals are not identical to those of his allies—he is clearly not a Shiite ideologue like the Iranians and Hizballah or a Shiite-aligned Arab like Assad—his steps have been increasingly brazen.

Along with the transfer of major weapon systems to Syria, and an aircraft carrier to its coast, they include major weapons sales to Iran, joint provision with Iran of weapons to Iran’s Houthi proxies in Yemen, and reports of Russian aid to Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq.

As Kuperwasser puts it, Israel’s most serious concern is “Iran’s increasing territorial contiguity—crossing Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.”

High-Stakes Game over Syria As Khamenei-Putin Axis Advances | Frontpage Mag

Hamas to hold war preparation drill in Gaza

Preparation for the next war against Israel? Hamas announces comprehensive military drill scheduled for Sunday.

The government of Hamas, which is the de-facto governing authority in Gaza, continues to build up its military capabilities in preparation for a future conflict with Israel.

Gaza’s Interior Ministry, which is in charge of the local security forces, many of whom are active in Hamas’s Al-Qassam Brigades, announced on Thursday that a comprehensive military drill will be held throughout the coastal enclave this coming Sunday.

Hamas to hold war preparation drill in Gaza – Middle East – News –

Is Israel being pulled into Syrian war?

“At the same time, all sides recognize that the Israeli effort to stop the fire on the border and not be dragged into the war in Syria is becoming more and more challenging and complicated.”

This idyll ended Nov. 27. A force from the Golani patrol battalion was on reconnaissance across the border fence near the Israeli village of Nov, where there’s an enclave over the border administered by Israel. Suddenly a vehicle patrol of IS fighters attacked the Israeli force. They fired on the Israeli force with heavy machine guns and small arms and fired mortar shells at them. The Golani soldiers responded with fire. At the same time, an Israeli plane arrived and destroyed the attacking vehicle, killing the four terrorists in it. “For the first time here, we saw a real battle,” a senior Israeli source told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, adding, “It wasn’t [battle] overflow and it wasn’t a mistake. It was a planned attack.”

The predawn Nov. 30 attack attributed to Israel — on a convoy of trucks delivering arms from the Syrian army to Hezbollah in Lebanon as well as on an arms warehouse on the outskirts of Damascus (so the Syrians claim, at least) — can demonstrate Israel’s capability, if it is responsible for the attacks, to focus on several fronts at the same time. Many such attacks have been attributed to the Israeli air force in recent years, but they have decreased since Russia’s massive entrance into the region. Under this assumption we can guess that the Nov. 30 attack signals to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Hezbollah that the red lines Israel has drawn in the region are still firm and valid. At the same time, all sides recognize that the Israeli effort to stop the fire on the border and not be dragged into the war in Syria is becoming more and more challenging and complicated.

Is Israel being pulled into Syrian war?

It’s starting to look like ISIS may be turning an eye toward Israel. This is based on a planned attack on Israeli troops a few days ago. Perhaps as the Syrian war turns against ISIS it may be looking to change the situation by redirecting the war toward Israel. One attack does not make that true but it does indicate a change in thinking in ISIS leadership. We’ll have to wait and see if more attacks are coming.

Palestinian Sheikh: “Use Pakistani Nukes to Destroy Jewish State” – YouTube

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In an address dedicated to the outcome of the US presidential elections, delivered at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Palestinian cleric Sheikh ‘Abd Al-Salam Abu Al-‘Izz said that Muslims should not wait for Trump to start a nuclear war, but rather toss all Muslim rulers “into the garbage bin of history” and “take the Pakistani nuclear weapons from those criminals and use them in the service of Islam.” He further said: “We should take these armies in order and eliminate the state of the Jews in one or two strikes.” The address was posted on the Internet on November 16, 2016.

Palestinian Sheikh: “Use Pakistani Nukes to Destroy Jewish State” – YouTube

Iran, Hamas and the Dance of Death

“This means that Hamas can expect more cash and weapons to enter Gaza in the coming weeks and months. Such an influx would significantly increase the likelihood of another war between Hamas and Israel.

El Alami’s rise to power will undoubtedly further facilitate Iran’s ambition to become a significant player in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the gates of the Gaza Strip. This means that Hamas can expect more cash and weapons to enter Gaza in the coming weeks and months. Such an influx would significantly increase the likelihood of another war between Hamas and Israel. Iran’s millions will not be used by Hamas for building schools and hospitals, or providing desperately needed jobs for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Nor will the Iranian-supplied weapons be stored in Hamas warehouses and tunnels, or used in military parades.

Iran expects results: Hamas is to use the financial and military support to resume attacks on Israel and “liberate all of Palestine, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.”

When Hamas leaders talk about Iranian support for the Palestinian “resistance,” they mean suicide bombings, rocket attacks and other forms of terrorism. They are saying with unmistakable clarity that they seek a resumption of Iranian support for the “resistance” — not for the tens of thousands of unemployed and impoverished Palestinians living under the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip. The well-being of the Palestinians living under its rule is the last thing on Hamas’s mind.

The Iranians, for their part, appear to be extremely eager to resume their role as enablers and funders of any group that vows to eliminate Israel. As far as Iran is concerned, there is nothing better than having two proxy terror organizations on Israel’s borders — Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south.

Iran, Hamas and the Dance of Death

Israel: Terrorism, at home, by fire | The Times of Israel

The wave of arson, the “terrorism of the fires,” is being fanned by a vicious incitement on Arabic social media, complete with calls to burn the Zionists and the Jews. Such calls are occasionally punctuated by comments opposing the arson attacks, but most of the postings are filled with hatred, anti-Semitism, and disgust for the state of Israel and the Jews.

This is anti-Semitic incitement of the worst kind. And it, in turn, is deepening a sense among the Israeli public that this is a case of organized action by nationalistic Arabs against the state of Israel. Yet pronouncements by some Israeli commentators that we now find ourselves in some kind of intifada may be premature.

Terrorism, at home, by fire | The Times of Israel