Counterterror Expert Visits Gaza Border; Blames Iran for Regional Security Situation

April 17, 2019

by: Itamar Eichner

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US Coordinator for Counterterrorism, Nathan Sales, discusses regional security on a visit to Israel.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 | US Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan Sales, [who is] visiting Israel, said the key to security in the region lies in Tehran.

Following [US] President Donald Trump’s designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as an international terror organization, they have become “radioactive,” Sales said. He added, “Anyone doing business with them will be suspected of funding terror,” thereby dealing the organization a massive blow.

“We know what the Iranians are capable of,” Sales said, expressing the hope that countries considering conducting business with the Islamic Republic will decide against it.

On a visit to Israel’s south, Sales was briefed on the current threats Israel is facing from the Gaza Strip. “I was amazed at the resources Hamas is investing in terror activity against Israel,” Sales said, noting these are at the expense of investments in health, education and housing, all needed to improve civilian lives.

Israeli officials also briefed the US envoy on the presence of ISIS in the Sinai, which is a source of concern for the US as well as Israel. “ISIS in the Sinai is a threat to Egypt, the region and beyond,” Sales said, and warned of a danger to Israel if violence spills over.

Regarding the “Deal of the Century” expected to be presented by President Trump to both Israel and the Palestinians, Sales said the US is taking protective measures in case of active opposition by the Palestinian Authority.

Posted on April 17, 2019

Source: (Ynetnews originally published this article on April 16, 2019. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See original article at this link.)

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