Iran Accelerates Arming of Hizbullah and Hamas for Possible Clash with Israel

Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall, JCPA

  • Even as it engages in nuclear negotiations, Iran continues to arm and train Hizbullah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
  • Central to the Iranian effort are rockets and missiles (surface-to-surface), as well as UAVs and advanced anti-aircraft weapons, mainly for Hizbullah, intended to constrict the Israeli Air Force’s maneuvering room in Lebanon.
  • According to Supreme Leader Khamenei, “All Palestinian areas have to become armed.. We looked at our main goal and we offered help. We managed to strengthen the fists of our Palestinian brothers in Gaza and by Allah’s favor we will continue to do that. I announced that the West Bank should be armed like Gaza and be prepared for defense.”

  • Under Khamenei’s direction, Iran views the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank as a single unit under the leadership of Hamas. Iran seeks to encircle Israel from the north (Hizbullah), the south (Gaza), and the east (the West Bank) and to turn the rocket threat into an unbroken ring around Israeli territory.
  • Iran views itself as setting the stage – on the propaganda, ideological, and military levels – for an inevitable confrontation with Israel and the West.
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IDF Lt.-Col. (ret.) Michael (Mickey) Segall, an expert on strategic issues with a focus on Iran, terrorism, and the Middle East, is a senior analyst at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and at Foresight Prudence.

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  1. @ bernard ross:

    Excerpts: ‘Assad sold Syria to Iran’.N.Korea threatens strikes against U.S.

    India may end support to Palestine at U.N.

    India may end support to Palestine at U.N.
    Delhi’s stance to factor in ties with Tel Aviv
    Amit Baruah The Hindu NEW DELHI, December 21, 2014
    Updated: December 22, 2014 03:15 IST

    In what could amount to a tectonic shift in the country’s foreign policy,
    the Modi government is looking at altering India’s supporting vote for the
    Palestinian cause at the United Nations to one of abstention.

  2. @ bernard ross:

    Hezbollah takes their order from Tehran not Moscow.

    I can see why Putin wants a ME conflict to drive up oil prices and stabilize his economy but such a conflict I believe will be very short lived. Israel would go after both Assad and Hezbollah and I believe this time Israel would remove all restraints. Iran wants Hezbollah intact and armed with her missile for use if Israel or America attacks Iran. I don’t think they would waste it now or soon just to please Putin.

    The Idea that Turkey needs Obama to attack ISIS and Assad is ridiculous Turkey is very capable to do it themselves and the Saudis would foot the bill.

    Sounds like a fishing expedition to me….

  3. “The Sunni bloc is far more hateful of Jews than the Iranian bloc.”

    Really? You mean the Shi’ites are actually fond of Jews and the State of Israel? Well, knock me down and call me Suzie!

    “During the 1950s and 1960s, it was Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser who led the call for Israel’s destruction. After this goal was frustrated by the Jewish state’s astounding victory in the 1967 Six-Day War, the baton passed to a new generation of aspiring pan-Arab champions, notably Syrian president Hafez Assad, Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein, and Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi. For his part, Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini, Ahmadinejad’s revered spiritual mentor, had emphasized the need to obliterate the Jewish state well before coming to power in 1979; and during his reign, the destruction of Israel evolved into a foremost tenet of the Islamic Republic and has long outlived his death in June 1989.” -Efraim Karsh


    At the forefront of these interests is keeping arms shipments flowing to Hezbollah in Lebanon via Syria, so as to keep Hezbollah a deterrent against possible attacks on Iran’s military nuclear program. The other Iranian lines of defense include the government and various Shi‘i militias in Iraq, Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza, and recently the Houthi militias in Yemen.

    If the Assad regime falls, Iranian arms shipments to Hezbollah are likely to cease, and Hezbollah would no longer be the deterrence against Israel that it is now.

  5. All I have to say is that Qatar, not Tehran, is where Mashal hangs his bloody drapes. The Sunni bloc is far more hateful of Jews than the Iranian bloc. Jewish-Persian cooperation goes back centuries. Arab Jew-hatred is as old as human activity on the Arabian peninsula. The Hamas charter is a SUNNI document.

    If the Iranians really wanted to give Hamas firepower, Israel would have much bigger problems on its hands.