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Hamas will avenge commander’s killing, but not in the immediate future

For now, Israel is neither confirming nor denying any involvement in the assassination of Mazan Fukha, a senior commander in Hamas’ military wing, but that doesn’t really matter. The fact that Hamas leaders are attributing the assassination to Israel raises the tensions and the possibility of escalation on the Gazan front. Hamas will seek revenge, and experience shows that it will try to do so through a murderous terror attack.

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The preference is to target soldiers or members of the Israeli security forces. This is a familiar tactic which we must prepare for. In general, therefore, the chance of a flare-up between Israel and the Palestinians in the strip increased upon Fukha’s assassination. It likely won’t happen tomorrow morning. They will wait with their revenge until they locate a weak spot and until they prepare it, but it may take place on the Gaza border or in the West Bank.

Ynetnews Opinion – Hamas will avenge commander’s killing, but not in the immediate future

Does the Assassination of a Senior Hamas Member in Gaza Mean Escalation?

Hamas is also speaking for the first time about a response that would include harming a senior Israeli figure or a senior IDF officer on the border with Gaza.

Moreover, one should pay attention to statements made by senior Hamas figure Ahmad Bahar, who warned that “all fronts are open to Hamas’ military wing, which will respond in the right place and at the right time.” This could mean that it is quite possible that in order to surprise Israel with a successful attack, Hamas will deviate from its policy and carry out a revenge attack against Israeli or Jewish targets abroad, just as Hizbullah has done.

Does the Assassination of a Senior Hamas Member in Gaza Mean Escalation?

Analysis: Syrian threats to attack Israel with Scud missiles are a bluff – Jerusalem Post

A warning from Damascus that the next Israeli airstrike on Syrian targets will be met with Scud missiles targeting both civilian and military bases is due to the regime of Bashar Assad needing to project strength as they continue to fight against rebels and the Islamic State.

Phillip Smyth, an analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told The Jerusalem Post that “projecting the image that they can still retaliate against one of the region’s strongest actors works on a rhetorical level.”

Analysis: Syrian threats to attack Israel with Scud missiles are a bluff – Jerusalem Post

i24NEWS – Syria threatens to fire SCUD missiles at Israel if air strikes continue: report

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has sent a message to Israel through Russia threating to fire scud missiles at the Jewish State should it carry out future airstrikes within its borders, the Lebanese Al-Diyar newspaper reported Saturday.

According to the report, Syria said that for every Israeli strike targeting its military it would fire at Israeli military bases, and if Israel carries out a strike in a civilian area, Syria would in return target the port in the northern coastal city of Haifa and petrochemical plants in the region.

Each of Syria’s 800 scud missiles is capable carrying a half-ton of explosives, said Al-Diyar.

i24NEWS – Syria threatens to fire SCUD missiles at Israel if air strikes continue: report

Likelihood of new military confrontation with Israel high: Hamas official | PressTV.IR

A high-ranking member of the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, has strongly condemned the assassination of military commander Mazen Fuqahaa in the southern part of Gaza City, stating that there seems to be a strong possibility of a new military confrontation with the Tel Aviv regime.

“The Israeli enemy operates a number of spies and mercenaries in the Gaza Strip, whom we will hopefully get rid of. A major operation must get underway in order to identify all those responsible for the recent criminal act,” Mahmoud al-Zahar, a co-founder of Hamas, said as thousands of people attended Fuqahaa’s funeral on Saturday and called for “revenge.”

PressTV – ‘Fresh Gaza war between Israel, Hamas looms large’

Hamas blames Israel after Mazen Faqha assassination | News | Al Jazeera

“Hamas and its military wing hold Israel and its collaborators responsible for this despicable crime… Israel knows that the blood of fighters is not spilled in vain and Hamas will know how to act,” the group said in a statement.

Another senior Hamas official, Izzat El-Reshiq, said the killers used silencers on their weapons during the attack.

Police spokesman Ayman al-Batniji said Faqha had “four bullets in his head” and said Israel and its “collaborators” were responsible for the killing. “We know how to respond to this crime,” he added.

Hamas blames Israel after Mazen Faqha assassination | News | Al Jazeera

British MP: Iran is trying to threaten Israel by establishing a second front in Syria – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

Labor MP Joan Ryan said that Iran is attempting to pose a new threat on Israel by funding Hezbollah terrorists and creating a “second front in southern Syria with which to threaten Israel.”

The British parliament member made the comment about Iran’s on-going aggression against Israel as part of a parliamentary debate on Iran’s influence in the Middle East that took place earlier this week.

British MP: Iran is trying to threaten Israel by establishing a second front in Syria – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

Warning, war clouds on the horizon! – Israel National News

Will Assad start a war against Israel in order to try to unify all those fighting him against a common enemy?

The problem with Iran and Hezbollah’s presence in Syria is that both could instigate a war against Israel from Syrian territory, with or without the involvement or agreement of Assad’s forces and despite Russian opposition. An Iranian move of this nature would be aimed at pushing Russia into a war where the Kremlin must choose a side, and it is highly unlikely that Russia would support Israel against Iran, after years of cooperation between the two countries, mainly in keeping Assad on as head of the regime. The scenario of a war against Israel waged by Iran and Hezbollah coming from Syria seems far-fetched, but this is, after all, the Middle East.

To sum up the situation, one can say that deterioration leading to a war between Israel and the international mess called Syria could occur, especially if Israel continues to attack Hezbollah positions, the Iranians and the Assad regime there. Another factor may be that Assad feels he has nothing to lose since his country has been destroyed already along with much of its infrastructure, so that Israel will not find that many targets to attack and destroy.

Warning, war clouds on the horizon! – Israel National News

Are Israel and Hezbollah Preparing for War? | The Nation

Hezbollah’s role in the Syria conflict has transformed and emboldened the Lebanese Shiite movement—and worried Israel.

“I can assure you we have a nice, shiny new anti-aircraft system to show them,” says Samir, referring to Hezbollah’s planned response to an Israeli aerial assault. “We’ve got heavy long-range missiles, directly from the Russians, that can hit anywhere in Israel.” He denied requests to see the weapons, citing security concerns.

While he boasts about Hezbollah’s reinforced military capability, Samir says war with Israel isn’t on the agenda at the moment. But he’s convinced that at some point there will be another round of conflict, one that will be very costly for both sides but one that his forces will win.

Are Israel and Hezbollah Preparing for War? | The Nation

What’s Behind The Dramatic Escalation In Israeli Attacks On Hezbollah Targets In Syria?

The missile clash in Syrian and Israeli airspace on Thursday night last week must be regarded as a game changer as Western Journalism reported this weekend, but not only because of the Russians who for the first time summoned the Israeli ambassador in Moscow after the incident.

New information about the clash involving the use of Israel’s state of the art Arrow 3 missile shield shows Syrians and their Iranian patrons did not only launch S-200 SAM rockets at the IAF jets raiding the Hezbollah convoy.

The Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported Sunday that the Arrow intercepted a Syrian (read Iranian) ballistic missile north of Jerusalem and Jordanian media reported that debris of the interception fell north of Amman which is located 35 miles east of Jerusalem.

It is therefore fair to assume that the Iranian-backed pro-Assad axis sent Israel a serious warning about the rapidly changing situation on the ground in Syria and launched a surface to surface missile in the direction of Israel’s capital Jerusalem after the IAF again breached Syrian airspace.

The Israeli reaction on Friday and Sunday makes it furthermore clear that the government in Jerusalem knows what is at stake and has therefore decided to take Iran to task over its aggressive imperial policies in Syria.

What’s Behind The Dramatic Escalation In Israeli Attacks On Hezbollah Targets In Syria?

Syrians report Israeli drone strike kills high-ranking air defense officer – Israel News – Haaretz.com

According to reports on social media, the deceased was a Hezbollah member named Yasser Assayed.

There have been conflicting reports as to Assayed’s role. According to reports on Syrian opposition websites, the man was a senior officer in country’s air defense system. At the same time, an official affiliated with the Syrian regime told Haaretz that Assayed was a member of the Golan Battalion, a mostly Druze militia that supports Syrian President Bashar Assad. 

Syrians report Israeli drone strike kills high-ranking air defense officer – Israel News – Haaretz.com