by: Yoni Ben Menachem ~ JCPA
Friday, 24 March 2023 | Sometime on March 11 or 12, a terrorist infiltrated from Lebanon into Israel’s Galilee region and launched a bomb attack in the Megiddo area using a sophisticated explosive device.
It is believed that the terrorist who infiltrated Israeli territory was a Palestinian who belonged to the Hamas forces in southern Lebanon and trained by Hezbollah experts on how to activate the sophisticated explosive device. Hamas is recruiting in the Tyre and Sidon refugee camps.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah knew about the infiltration operation and approved it. It was a joint operation by Hezbollah and Hamas without leaving fingerprints, and the two organizations took no responsibility for the attack.
According to intelligence data from various sources, Israeli security officials assess that approaching the month of Ramadan [one of the Five Pillars of Islam when stringent disciplines are observed] there will be an unprecedented conflict with the Palestinian terrorist factions on several fronts that may deteriorate into a military conflict more acute than the conflict in the Gaza Strip in May 2021.
Visible signs also testify to this: the Hamas and Islamic Jihad organizations have increased the incitement against Israel in recent weeks and launched a campaign of psychological warfare to weaken Israel morale.
Hamas Terrorist Chief’s Warning
Saleh al-Arouri, the vice chairman of the Hamas movement and head of its military wing in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria], the man who coordinates in Beirut the activity with Hezbollah, said in an interview to the official website of Hamas on March 14, 2023, that the events to come will be very difficult for the “occupation and its settlers.” The “resistance” in the West Bank is in a state of escalation and it is diversifying its weapons.
Marwan Issa, the shadowy deputy commander of Hamas’s military wing in the Gaza Strip, hinted at the possibility of massive rocket fire from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. He told the Al-Aqsa channel on March 15, 2023, “The desire to commit suicide among the (Muslim) residents of the West Bank is unprecedented, and the state of resistance in the West Bank is excellent. So is the state of national unity in the face of the Occupation.”
The Iranian Connection
A spokesman for the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad threatened Israel with a new Intifada [uprising] and a conflict it had never experienced before.
The accumulation of these statements by the heads of the terrorist organizations in the media and intelligence information indicate an impending escalation.
The terrorist cells are showing the increasing use of explosive devices in the territories of Judea and Samaria and an attempt to activate them also within the territory of Israel itself. The Shin Bet [Israel internal security agency] has recently foiled several attacks using explosive devices by Palestinians from the West Bank who were recruited by Hamas from the Gaza Strip through social networks.
According to officials in the military wing of Hamas, the attack on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv on March 9, 2023, marks the organization’s decision to resume attacks within the Green Line [the cease-fire line established in 1949 separating Israel from the Jordanian-held West Bank].
Hezbollah Tightened Coordination with Hamas and Islamic Jihad
According to security sources, Hezbollah Secretary-General [Hassan] Nasrallah increased his coordination meetings in the al-Dahiya neighborhood in Beirut with Ziyad al-Nakhala, the secretary-general of the Islamic Jihad, and with Al-Arouri toward the beginning of the month of Ramadan. An agreement was reached between Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Iran for increasing terrorist activities in the coming days.
Nasrallah said last week that Israel would collapse even before it marks the 80th year of its founding. The internal dispute in Israel and the wave of protest over the legal reform issue increased the feeling among the terrorist organizations that Israel is on the verge of disintegration and that this is the time to increase the pressure through terrorist acts.
Despite the hoopla at the time, the agreement designed by the United States on the division of Lebanon’s economic territorial waters, signed on October 27, 2022, did not reduce Hezbollah’s motivation for terrorism against Israel. Moreover, it allows the Hamas organization to strengthen its military infrastructure in southern Lebanon and in the refugee camps in Tyre and Sidon.
Hamas officials say that the attacks on Israel in the coming days will be from all directions according to the doctrine of unification of the fronts, including rocket fire from southern Lebanon and infiltration operations from southern Lebanon into Israeli territory.
According to security officials in Israel, behind all this malevolent activity is Iran, which in the past year has smuggled arms and funds through Jordan to the northern West Bank into the hands of the terrorist organizations.
The axis of resistance led by Iran is preparing for a major escalation in the month of Ramadan. Israel is also seriously preparing for a scenario that may be bigger than the military conflict that took place in May 2021.
Posted on March 24, 2023
Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs on March 16, 2023. See original article at this link.)
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