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Hezbollah says future Israel war could draw fighters from Iran, Iraq, elsewhere | Reuters

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that a future war waged by Israel against Syria or Lebanon [or Gaza] could draw thousands of fighters from countries including Iran and Iraq.

“This doesn’t mean there are states that might intervene directly. But this could open the way for thousands, even hundreds of thousands of fighters from all over the Arab and Islamic world to participate – from Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan,” he said.

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He said any Israeli war with Lebanon or the Gaza Strip, which is run by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, would be “very costly” and that Israel would not be able to win.

Hezbollah says future Israel war could draw fighters from Iran, Iraq, elsewhere | Reuters

Here we get a clue that an Israel-Gaza (Hamas) war will be joined quickly by Hezbollah and apparently fighters from all over the Islamic world. Right now the clock is ticking toward a war between Israel and Gaza.

Avigdor Liberman: Abbas is dragging Israel into war with Hamas – Jerusalem Post

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will halt all financial payments to Gaza in the future and in so doing push Israel into war with Hamas, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned on Thursday morning as he addressed the annual Herzliya Conference.

With regard to the electricity, Abbas “has not made a one time reduction. He will continue to reduce [electricity] payments and to stop playmates all together in a few months both for the fuel and the medicine and payments of [civic salaries],” Liberman said.

Abbas has taken this step unilaterally without consulting Israel, Egypt or Jordan, he said.

Avigdor Liberman: Abbas is dragging Israel into war with Hamas – Jerusalem Post

Israel and Hamas court catastrophe in high-stakes game of chicken | The Times of Israel

The Israeli government, the Palestinian Authority and, to a lesser extent, the Egyptian government are locked in a game of chicken with Hamas, which has brought along the two million unfortunate residents of the Gaza Strip for the ride. This death race is being fueled by a combination of internal Palestinian spats, various Israeli policies, military changes on the ground, and a diplomatic siege in the Gulf. A catastrophic collision seems increasingly likely.

Israel and Hamas court catastrophe in high-stakes game of chicken | The Times of Israel

Four reasons why Gaza’s electricity crisis could spark a war – Israel News – Jerusalem Post

There have been three large scale military operations between Israel and Hamas since the Islamist terror group came to power in a bloody coup in June 2007, the last one being Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014. But the group’s rule over the Gaza Strip has not been significantly challenged by its residents. While both Israel and Hamas have stated that they are not looking for conflict, the current fuel crisis to hit the Strip–residents have less than 4 hours of electricity daily– has led to concerns, including by senior IDF officials, that a confrontation might break out if one side miscalculates the other side’s actions.

Four reasons why Gaza’s electricity crisis could spark a war – Israel News – Jerusalem Post

Hamas warns Gaza electricity cut will lead to ‘explosion’ | The Times of Israel

Terror group spokesman warns of ‘disastrous’ results should Israel implement Abbas’s request to decrease electricity to Strip; officials warn of humanitarian catastrophe

The Israeli cabinet Sunday night decided it would reduce the amount of power it supplies to the Gaza Strip at the behest of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is seeking to ramp up pressure on rival party Hamas.

The security cabinet decided Sunday to reduce the daily amount supplied to Gaza by around 45 minutes, Israeli media reported.

Hamas warns Gaza electricity cut will lead to ‘explosion’ | The Times of Israel

Israeli Army Prepares for a Possible New War in Gaza – ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English

Internal discussions, between the army and Shin Bet, tend toward the possibility of an upcoming escalation in the strip. This is supported by intelligence reports stating that the humanitarian situation in Gaza is deteriorating because of infrastructure problems which affect the water and electricity supply, in addition to the financial and political pressure exerted by the Palestinian Authority on Hamas.

Furthermore, Qatar, which hosts several Hamas leaders, is dealing with a diplomatic boycott and international pressure, which could affect its financial support for the militant movement.

A general assumption is that Hamas will take aggressive measures and start a new war to improve the economic situation and its position in the Arab world. Hamas wants to improve its status in the Arab world as many countries began referring to it as a terrorist entity.

Israeli Army Prepares for a Possible New War in Gaza – ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English

Israel cuts Gaza electricity after Palestinian president says he will no longer pay the bill for Hamas

The Israeli cabinet decided Sunday that it would accept Mr Abbas’s decision and begin scaling back electricity supply, despite the humanitarian impact on Gazans and concerns that the cuts might increase the likelihood of another war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Gaza gets only around four hours of electricity every day and the initial cut is expected to reduce that time by around 45 minutes, Israeli media reported. It is not clear when the cuts will begin.

Israel cuts Gaza electricity after Palestinian president says he will no longer pay the bill for Hamas

New ‘rules of the game’ for Israeli-Hamas standoff

Israel’s security agencies, as well as its diplomatic echelons, have been operating on the assumption that Hamas is under threat, experiencing severe economic and military hardship, and thus had no desire or ability to change the “rules of the game” established after Israel’s destructive 2014 Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. In other words, Israel’s assessment until now had been that Hamas was not interested in opening a new front against it in the near future.

Now, it seems, Israel will be forced to change its policies toward the Gaza Strip in general and Hamas in particular. Any Iranian imprint will be regarded as a security threat to Israel. On the eve of Operation Protective Edge, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserted, “Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay,” signaling that Hamas would be held responsible for any rockets fired from Gaza at Israel. This is just as relevant today. If Hamas in the era of Haniyeh and Sinwar opens the gates of Gaza to Iranian military influence, Hamas will pay.

New ‘rules of the game’ for Israeli-Hamas standoff

What are the new rules of the game? They are Iran’s rules. Iran will decide when the next war happens with Israel. Just like it will decide for Hezbollah and Syria.

How the K.G.B. Started the War That Changed the Middle East – The New York Times

In K.G.B. documents recently deposited, by way of British intelligence, at the University of Cambridge, I found warm words of praise for Boy. “My handlers in the K.G.B.,” Boy told me recently, “informed me I was being groomed to become one of their top agents in the Middle East.” The K.G.B. was not wrong: Boy became a well-known figure in Israel and the United States.

Boy was, however, an Israeli patriot. He had notified the Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, of Kotov’s overtures, and he was told to play along. He passed the Soviets information supplied by Israeli intelligence, some of it fake and the rest harmless. The Shin Bet, who code-named him Orange, still treats the case as highly sensitive and bans publication of his name.

How the K.G.B. Started the War That Changed the Middle East – The New York Times

IDF: Hezbollah is an imminent threat, at the top of our priorities – Israel News – Jerusalem Post

Hezbollah is the most imminent challenge on the horizon for the IDF, and the Israeli military has placed the Shi’ite terror organization at the top of its priority list, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot announced Wednesday when speaking about the northern border.

“We are re-prioritizing the northern front,” the chief of staff emphasized and added that the army has plans both to fend off the Hezbollah threat and to react to it. Eisenkot also said that the army has sufficient intelligence concerning the Lebanon-based terror organization.

IDF: Hezbollah is an imminent threat, at the top of our priorities – Israel News – Jerusalem Post