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January 18, 2016 3:17 pm

IDF Chief: Lifting of Sanctions Will Increase Iranian Funding, Influencing of Palestinians, Israeli Arabs

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IDF Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkot addressing the INSS conference in Tel Aviv on Monday. Photo: INSS.

IDF Chief of General Staff Gadi Eizenkot addressing the INSS conference in Tel Aviv on Monday. Photo: INSS.

The head of the Israeli army said the implementation of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers constitutes a “strategic turning point,” which leaves room for hope but still requires special attention to Tehran’s activities, including efforts to influence Hamas in Gaza and Arab citizens in Israel, the Hebrew news site nrg reported.

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot made this and other statements about the security challenges facing Israel in the coming year at the annual Institute for National Security Studies conference in Tel Aviv on Monday.

Referring to this weekend’s announcement of the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed between Iran and world powers in July, and the accompanying lifting of sanctions that have been in place for the past decade, Eizenkot said he has no doubt that Iran’s nuclear ambitions are still intact.

“[Its] efforts to achieve regional hegemony will not diminish any time soon,” he said, adding, “Iran is waging a war against Israel via proxies. Its intervention in Syria is not only economic and political, but also practical – with Iranian commanders leading the combat and with the funding of Hezbollah and Shiite militias.”

While on the subject of Hezbollah, Eizenkot said that it is “a key point of reference” where threats to Israeli security are concerned. But, he added, the IDF General Staff has conveyed its own threatening messages to the Lebanese terror organization.

“Hezbollah understands well the significance of an escalation in southern Lebanon, and grasps how Israel’s operational and intelligence have improved over the past decade. For all its arrogant talk, Hezbollah understand the penetrability of intelligence, and sees the IDF as a very strong army.”

While noting that some 130 Iranian fighters have been killed in Syria, and hundreds of others have been wounded, he also noted that Iran has stepped up its financial assistance to Palestinians and Arab Israelis as well – ostensibly to recruit them as proxies. And, he estimated, “The more its economic situation improves, the greater the resources Iran will pour into this endeavor.”

As for the current wave of terrorist attacks in Israel and the West Bank against Israelis that have been enduring mostly unabated for the past four months, Eizenkot said the security apparatus was “committed to providing security and defense for the population.”

“The terrorism in the Judea and Samaria area has been going on for years, and one doesn’t have to be a great strategist to assume that it will continue for many more years,” he said.

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  • nelson marans

    Certainly it should be obvious that the terror supporting Iranian regime will not only not go away but well be immensely enhanced by the dubious nuclear pact, now sending 100 billion dollars into that nation with a substantial amount allotted to the terror supporting Iranian National Guard.
    When a few hundred Iranian soldiers have died in Syria at the behest of the mullahs of Iran it presents a very small number compared to the estimated 500,000 that were lost in the Iran-Iraq war.

  • Ted Crawford

    Psalm 83 got taken down. OK; too long? Poor taste? Maybe somebody got the message.

    • Ted Crawford

      Oops! Didn’t see it at first.

  • Kris Kristian

    Israel should send a letter of thanks to Obama and Kerry for tryingh help the Muslims/Arabs to ‘wipe Israel off the map”
    And dont forget those other countries which were quick to support the worst terrorist country in the world, to “wipe Israel off the map”
    They all supported a Palestinian state, knowing what he implications would be.

    There was no discussion in the talks to stop all anti Israel threats.

    Jewish life is cheap.

    But they must not forget that Israel has GOD with them, not murderous anti Semites.

    time for Israel to have talks with Egypt, Jordan, and any other country which is threatened by Iran, to form a united miliary alliance to destrtoy Iran


    Maybe it is time for Israel to refer to Rabbi Kahana and expel all the Arabs out of Israel.

  • Withdrawing Iranian sanctions was a strategic victory for Iran. Now Iran will have more money to fund its terrorist activities against Israel and the West. The only way to stop PLO-driven terrorism in Judea and Samaria is to destroy the PLO terrorist entity, and annex PLO-occupied areas.

  • Ted

    O God, do not be silent!
    Do not be deaf.
    Do not be quiet, O God.
    Don’t you hear the uproar of your enemies?
    Don’t you see that your arrogant enemies are rising up?
    They devise crafty schemes against your people;
    they conspire against your precious ones.
    “Come,” they say, “let us wipe out Israel as a nation.
    We will destroy the very memory of its existence.”
    Yes, this was their unanimous decision.
    They signed a treaty as allies against you—
    these Edomites and Ishmaelites;
    Moabites and Hagrites;
    Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites;
    and people from Philistia and Tyre.
    Assyria has joined them, too,
    and is allied with the descendants of Lot. Interlude
    Do to them as you did to the Midianites
    and as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.
    They were destroyed at Endor,
    and their decaying corpses fertilized the soil.
    Let their mighty nobles die as Oreb and Zeeb did.
    Let all their princes die like Zebah and Zalmunna,
    for they said, “Let us seize for our own use
    these pasturelands of God!”
    O my God, scatter them like tumbleweed,
    like chaff before the wind!
    As a fire burns a forest
    and as a flame sets mountains ablaze,
    chase them with your fierce storm;
    terrify them with your tempest.
    Utterly disgrace them
    until they submit to your name, O Lord.
    Let them be ashamed and terrified forever.
    Let them die in disgrace.
    Then they will learn that you alone are called the Lord,
    that you alone are the Most High,
    supreme over all the earth.

  • stevenl

    IL needs to focus ONCE FOR ALL on defining her territory. NOTHING that Israel can do will ever satisfy the West and the Islamists. But she can be caught by surprise by both enemies of the Jewish state.
    Let’s be honest and serious. The only people interested in the future of the Palestinians have been and still are the Israelis.
    The Palestinians have been betrayed by the Muslim world and the Western world so many times that is not worth counting!
    Sadly the Palestinian leadership has been corrupted by the Muslims and the West to the point that they don’t even realize it. Martyrdom (insanity) their only wait out, they believe!

  • Max Cohen

    The prospect of continuing terror “for many more years” in Judea and Samaria should not be acceptable to the Institute for National Security Studies. There needs to be a counter movement to the Islamist propaganda that induces undistinguished and unproductive people to believe that killing anyone will earn them enshrinement, along with sexual privileges, in Islamic heaven. Is there no self-respect left for common sense among Moslems?