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Israeli Army Braced for Attack by Islamic State | Washington Free Beacon

The Israeli army is braced for an attack in the Eilat area by an Islamic State-affiliated group based in the Sinai Peninsula, an Israeli officer said today.

In a tour of the region for Israeli military correspondents, the officer, Col. Arik Hen, said that the Ansar Beit al Maqdis terror group, which has engaged in bloody battles with the Egyptian army in Sinai in recent years not far from the border with Israel, is expected to attempt a large-scale attack on southern Israel. Their targets, he said, would include the resort of Eilat. Their tactics could include simultaneous penetration of the border fence at a number of points by large numbers of terrorists, cross border rockets, and the use of hang gliders and speedboats, according to Israel Radio.

Israeli Army Braced for Attack by Islamic State | Washington Free Beacon

Some of the ways Iran has said it wants to annihilate Israel

So, as a reminder to those who argue that Jews should stop worrying so much about people who threaten to kill them, here is some (just some) of what Iran’s leaders, and leaders of its proxy militia, Hezbollah, in Lebanon, have said about Israel:

Mohammad Khatami, the former president of Iran: “If we abide by real legal laws, we should mobilize the whole Islamic world for a sharp confrontation with the Zionist regime … if we abide by the Koran, all of us should mobilize to kill.” (2000)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: “It is the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Israel from the map of the region.” (2001)

Khamenei: “This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated.” (2014)

Hossein Salami, the deputy head of the Revolutionary Guard: “We will chase you [Israelis] house to house and will take revenge for every drop of blood of our martyrs in Palestine, and this is the beginning point of Islamic nations awakening for your defeat.” (2014)

Salami: “Today we are aware of how the Zionist regime is slowly being erased from the world, and indeed, soon, there will be no such thing as the Zionist regime on Planet Earth.” (2014)

Hossein Sheikholeslam, the secretary-general of the Committee for Support for the Palestinian Intifada: “The issue of Israel’s destruction is important, no matter the method. We will obviously implement the strategy of the Imam Khomeini and the Leader [Khamenei] on the issue of destroying the Zionists. The region will not be quiet so long as Israel exists in it …” (2014)

Mohammad Ali Jafari, the commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guard: “The Revolutionary Guards will fight to the end of the Zionist regime … We will not rest easy until this epitome of vice is totally deleted from the region’s geopolitics.” (2015)

The Iranian Regime on Israel’s Right to Exist — The Atlantic

Iran general and 10,000 troops, within six miles of Israeli border

This dangerous development may lead to a fast-spreading regional war in the Middle East. An Iranian blitzkrieg against the Golan Heights would trigger Israeli defenses in depth in Syria. Iran could potentially bring more than 100,000 Basiji into the battle, as well as IRGC troops. If Israel is directly threatened, it may well resort to unconventional weapons, and even launch a counter-attack against Iran itself. In previous wars Israel has counter-attacked into Syria and Egypt.

This news comes amid signs of further American concessions in nuclear negotiations with Iran. However, Iran’s aggression in Syria may torpedo the nuclear talks. Nobody could possibly believe in Iranian good faith in the face of an attack against Israel, more than 1,000 miles from the Iranian border.

In a separate report, Grand Ayatollah Khamenei published a February 8 statement on his website that “Iran has enriched uranium to the 20-percent level” — after promising the United States that it would not do so.

Blog: Iran general and 10,000 troops, within six miles of Israeli border

Top Hamas General Warns of ‘Future War’ With Israel

“Daniel Nisman, president of the Tel-Aviv-based geopolitical risk consultancy The Levantine Group, believes that another conflict on the same scale as last year’s could occur within six months to a year, if not sooner.

The Palestinian militant group Hamas is continuing to stockpile rockets and looking to forge regional alliances in anticipation of a future war, the head of the organisation’s military wing declared yesterday, prompting experts to warn that another conflict with Israel could begin within the next six months.

Daniel Nisman, president of the Tel-Aviv-based geopolitical risk consultancy The Levantine Group, believes that another conflict on the same scale as last year’s could occur within six months to a year, if not sooner.

“It’s the same story since day one of the ceasefire. Hamas has test fired more than 80 rockets since then, and are doing everything they can to rebuild military infrastructure and to achieve the political and economic goals they tried to achieve in the last conflict,” he says.

“So it’s simply a question of when they will be ready to go to war again. Hamas doesn’t want a conflict right now, because they are not ready, but when they feel they can hold their own, when they have more rockets, greater infrastructure and have rebuilt the tunnels, then they’ll be ready.”

Top Hamas General Warns of ‘Future War’ With Israel

Is Hamas ready to wage an all-out war [from Lebanon and Gaza] against Israel? | i24news

Hamas wants to form its own military units in Lebanon; claims fired rockets into Israel during latest Gaza war

Is Hamas ready to attack Israel from the north? According to the terrorist group’s recent statements, Israel might have to prepare itself for the possibility that Hezbollah is no longer the only threat coming from Lebanon.

During a Hamas news conference on February 5 in the Gaza Strip, senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar called for the formation of military groups affiliated with Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades (Hamas’ armed wing) in Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps. He demanded the Arab, Lebanese and Syrian fronts to allow al-Qassam to resist Israel from the north.

These units, according to al-Zahar, “will conduct the resistance (also) from northern Palestine and take part with us in liberating it.”

Hamas also claims it already fired rockets from Lebanon into Israel, during last summer’s war.

Is Hamas ready to wage an all-out war against Israel? | i24news – See beyond

Syrian troops, Hezbollah launch major offensive near Golan – US News

Syrian troops backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters swept south of the capital Damascus on Wednesday, seizing strategic hills and villages from rebels and a local al-Qaida affiliate near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

State media and opposition activists said the surprise counteroffensive is aimed at forcing back rebels who had recently advanced closer to embattled President Bashar Assad’s seat of power.

The region is also important because it is located near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The area has been tense lately, particularly after a Jan. 18 Israeli airstrike in Quneitra on the edge of the Golan that killed six Hezbollah fighters and an Iranian general.

The Syrian government last year lost large parts of Quneitra province to opposition fighters, many of them from the Nusra Front.

State television said troops on Wednesday gained control of the town of Deir al-Adas and the village of Deir Maker, as well as the nearby areas of Tal al-Arous and Tal al-Sarjeh south of the capital.

Syrian troops, Hezbollah launch major offensive near Golan – US News

Hezbollah at head of battle for Syrian Golan, monitor says | The Times of Israel

Hezbollah and President Bashar Assad’s troops launched a new operation on Sunday to reclaim swaths of territory captured recently by rebels and jihadists, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

“Hezbollah has taken the initiative to lead army and Iranian forces in the triangle of territory linking Daraa, Quneitra and the southwest of Damascus provinces,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the British-based monitoring group.

“The frontline is on the border with the occupied Golan Heights,” he added. “They have since taken back a string of villages and hills.”

Iran has acknowledged sending military advisers and high-ranking officers from the elite Revolutionary Guard to help its ally Assad.

Hezbollah at head of battle for Syrian Golan, monitor says | The Times of Israel

Syrian army tears through the south to sweep Iran and Hizballah up to Israel’s Golan doorstep

Tehran, Damascus and Hizballah are intent on forcing Israel to swallow the presence of their forces on the threshold of central and southern Golan – after their bid to park opposite the northern sector and the adjacent Hermon mountains was pre-empted by the Israeli air strike on their advance guard. This last challenge has so far gone without an Israeli response. Heavy weather conditions over the region offer Netanyahu and Ya’alon a few days’ space for determining their next move. But doing nothing will let Tehran come out of Act III as the winner and clinch the finale of the struggle for a forward position on Israel’s Golan doorstep.

Syrian army tears through the south to sweep Iran and Hizballah up to Israel’s Golan doorstep

Is war between Hezbollah and Israel inevitable?

The delicate status quo, which has ensured peace between Hezbollah and Israel since the 2006 war, is rapidly unravelling. After that war, both Hezbollah and Israel subscribed to a deterrence theory, which stood the test of time. Until two weeks ago.

Now, tensions between the two sides are at their highest since the last ceasefire. Indeed, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday that a third Lebanon war is now inevitable.

“The Israeli people discovered that their leadership put them on the brink of war, jeopardizing their economy and security,” he added in the wake of the operation. “Israel learned that it should not test us again given the Quneitra strike and Shebaa Farms operation,” he warned.

Not surprisingly these are not the conclusions that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government in Jerusalem are likely to draw.

Hezbollah, in other words, is playing a dangerous game. It may yet find itself wishing to return to the days of stability and peace, which it is abandoning with such troubling rapidity.

Is war between Hezbollah and Israel inevitable?

Iran boasts of rocket aid to Palestinians, Hezbollah | The Times of Israel

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has helped Iraq, Syria, Palestine and the Lebanese Hezbollah by exporting the technology that it has for the production of missiles and other equipment, and they can now stand against the Zionist regime, the ISIL [Islamic State group] and other Takfiri [apostate] groups and cripple them,” Hajizadeh said.

He also claimed that Iran was developing its own radar and drone technologies that were being exported to other countries.

In 2013 Hajizadeh made various claims as to the improved accuracy of Iranian ballistic missiles, including a supersonic anti-ship missile, the so-called Persian Gulf missile, which has a range of over 250 kilometers.

Iran boasts of rocket aid to Palestinians, Hezbollah | The Times of Israel