Now that the Iranians have sole control over Lebanon, their eyes are set on the Gaza Strip.
Hamas, for its part, is thirsting for Iranian resources. Hamas knows that it will have to pay a price.Sponsored Links
Iran and Hezbollah are working with Hamas to establish a “joint front” against Israel.
- Iran’s goal in this move? For Hamas to maintain and enhance its preparation for war against Israel.
- Iran’s message to Hamas: If you want us to continue providing you with financial and military aid, you must continue to hold on to your weapons and reject demands to disarm.
- Iran wants Hamas to retain its security control over the Gaza Strip so that the Iranians can hold onto another power base in the Middle East, as it does with Hezbollah in Lebanon.
A top Israel Defense Forces general warned Wednesday of an Israeli “response” to “provocative” actions by Hamas, saying tensions between the sides could escalate if the terror group does not control its fighters.
“This situation is dangerous, as the continuation of the provocative blinding operations being carried out by terror operatives, even if not [done] at the instruction of their commanders, could lead to an escalation at a sensitive moment for developments in the Palestinian theater,” said Mordechai.
“You’ve been warned,” he added.
That said, why is Hamas now calling for elections?
First, Hamas is running short on cash and investments, reducing its ability to provide much needed social services to the population of Gaza. Yet the budget pains also restrict Hamas from its ambition of creating a powerful, stable and well-organized government. As Hamas sees it, a strong government isn’t just important in controlling Gaza (and, it hopes, one day also the West Bank). It’s also crucial in giving Hamas a stronger foundation on which to advance its “resistance” against Israel. Put simply, the more stability it has in Gaza, the more ease with which Hamas will be able to plot, resource, and effect terrorism against Israel.
Gaza-based Palestinian resistance movement Hamas is ready for a fresh conflict with Israel, the head of the Jewish state’s domestic intelligence agency told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet on Sunday.
Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman said Hamas had rebuilt its relationship with Iran — following earlier differences over the conflict in Syria — and was funneling resources into preparing itself for “another confrontation with Israel”, according to The Jerusalem Post.
I think Israel is at risk of war right now with Hamas, Hezbollah and Syria. Israel’s attack on Syria could precipitate such a war. We’ll probably need to see what happens in the next few weeks. If no big attack on Israel comes before the end of September, then Israel may be safe from war for now. The next time Israel launches a big attack on Syria could see a different result.
The official said that according to his sources in Hamas, several meetings took place in recent weeks between Hamas and Hezbollah. The meetings were designed to plan a vast campaign against Israel, inspired by Iran. The way the PLO official sees it, Iran aspires to stir turmoil in the region as a response to what it perceives as US provocation against the nuclear deal, and to the coalition established by President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud with Egypt, Jordan and other Arab and Muslim countries.
The PLO official does not rule out a combined attack by Hezbollah against Israel from both Lebanon and Syria, either by the end of 2017 or by the beginning of 2018. Asked what would be the position of the Fatah leadership in this case, he answered categorically, “We are not interested in such a development; Abbas is a man of peace. But under such circumstances and given the total diplomatic stalemate, we would join the battle in a fight for Palestinian independence and East Jerusalem as our capital.” Al-Aqsa and the Israeli occupation would be a joint motto of such a violent deterioration.
The head of Israel’s Shin Bet security service told the cabinet meeting on Sunday that the relative calm in the West Bank is “fragile.”
Nadav Argaman noted that a similar situation exists in Gaza. Hamas is in strategic distress, he said, but is nevertheless militarily prepared for a renewed confrontation with Israel.
“Despite the relative quiet, the security reality in Judea and Samaria is fragile,” he said, referring to the West Bank, adding that the situation includes “high sensitivity regarding events of religious nature and an ongoing threshold of terror attacks.”
Hailing fully restored relations with Tehran, Yahya Sinwar says his group doesn’t want war yet but is building up military power for ‘the liberation of Palestine’
The new Gaza leader of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas said Monday it has restored relations with Iran and is gearing up for future hostilities with Israel.
Yahya Sinwar told reporters that Iran is now “the largest backer financially and militarily” of Hamas’s armed wing. It was his first meeting with journalists since taking up his post in February.
Nevertheless, other intelligence officials said that it is no longer a ‘2020’ end-of-times in Gaza, predicting a sooner collapse in light of the accelerated rate of deteriorating humanitarian conditions.
Israeli think tanks and intelligence parties have conducted extensive research on the topic primarily to examine the dangers of a new war with the Gaza Strip.
Israeli intelligence concluded that the deterioration of the situation in the Gaza Strip could prompt Hamas to venture into another war with Israel.
Hamas on Thursday warned that the new underground barrier Israel is building on its border with the Gaza Strip is “a declaration of war” and it will not allow the barrier to be completed.
The IDF is building the 60-kilometer (37-mile) barrier, which includes underground and underwater sections, to counter the threat from Hamas’ grid of terror tunnels.
GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir told reporters on Wednesday that work on the barrier is progressing and will continue even if Hamas renews hostilities with Israel.