Temporary working capital

Palestinian Islamic Jihad rocket barrage on Israel traced back to Iran’s ‘regional tentacles’, experts say

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

According to top military experts, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism – the Islamic Republic of Iran – was behind the firing of more than 600 Palestinian Islamic Jihad rockets at communities in Israel over the weekend.

Brig. Gen. (res.) Amir Avivi, former deputy commander of the Israel Defense Forces Gaza Division, told Fox News Digital that there is “more than a slight possibility that Iran ordered [PIJ attacks] or he was supported by Iran.”

Israel on Friday launched a preemptive mission – Operation Breaking Dawn – to prevent “the PIJ from firing anti-tank missiles from northern Gaza into Israel”, Avivi said.

Avivi stressed the importance of connecting the dots between the Iranian regime and its proxies in the region. “It is no coincidence that the JIP [attacks] as PIJ Secretary General Ziyad al-Nakhalah met [the Islamic Republic’s President Ebrahim] Raisi in Iran.”

IRANIAN OFFICIALS OPENLY DISCUSS COUNTRY’S CAPABILITY TO MAKE NUCLEAR WEAPON

Raisi, who was sanctioned by the Trump administration for his role in the massacre of Iranian dissidents and protesters, said of the current violence that Israel has “once again shown its occupying and aggressive nature to the world.” .

Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was quoted by Sepah News as saying on Saturday: “Today, all anti-Zionist jihadist capabilities are on the scene in a formation working to liberate Jerusalem and defend the rights of the Palestinian people.”

The Trump administration has designated the IRGC as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. The IRGC and its militias in the Middle East are responsible for the murder of over 600 US servicemen.

President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing with the Coronavirus Task Force, in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Avivi said he saw a connection between Iran’s aggressive stance at nuclear talks in Vienna; the hostile statements by the head of the pro-Iranian Hezbollah regime, Hassan Nasrallah, against a Lebanese-Israeli maritime agreement; and PIJ chauvinism.

“It’s an indication of Iran’s regional tentacles and how dangerous they are and how they can destabilize the region. Israel must remain strong and resolute to deter Iran’s advance,” Avivi said.

Both the Republican and Democratic administrations have rated the Iranian regime as the worst state sponsor of terrorism in the world.

STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: IRAN’S COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH CHINA ‘DEFINITELY NOT GOOD FOR THE REGION’

“As the nuclear talks unfolded in Vienna, the PIJ chief was meeting with the Iranian president, the IRGC chief and others in Tehran, taking orders for terror attacks against Israel,” the colonel (retired) said. ) Richard Kemp, who commanded British troops in Afghanistan, told Fox News Digital. “The PIJ is an Iranian proxy and is funded by Iran to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. Instead of discussing sanctions relief and normalization with Iran, the West should do whatever ‘he can to cut cash flow to all his terrorist proxies.

If, as the Biden White House wants, a new nuclear deal is reached, the administration would, according to media reports, pay more than $100 billion to the Islamic Republic as part of the sanctions relief in return. temporary restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program.

This image from video footage broadcast by Iranian state television on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 shows the launch of a rocket by Iran's Revolutionary Guards carrying a Noor-2 satellite in the northeast Shahroud desert , in Iran.

This image from video footage broadcast by Iranian state television on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 shows the launch of a rocket by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards carrying a Noor-2 satellite in the northeast Shahroud desert , in Iran.
(Iranian State TV via AP)

The theocratic state declared last week that it could develop atomic weapons.

Kemp continued: “The scandal of the negotiations with Iran boils down to the fact that the representative of Russia, which attacks Ukraine while threatening the world with a nuclear attack, and the representative of Iran, whose proxy violently attacks Israel, have been meeting with the British, the EU and other world powers, with the approval of the United States, as if none of this is happening. Such immoral behavior could be excusable if these negotiations could lead to the prevention of Iran’s nuclear capability. But even in the best-case scenario, they can only achieve the opposite: setting the stage for Iran to become a legitimate nuclear-armed state while allowing Iranian terrorist aggression across the region. »

“The PIJ’s decision-making has changed and deviated from the rules of engagement,” said Avivi, who is the CEO of the Israel Defense and Security Forum. “IDF really didn’t do anything different. IDF did [long] made arrests [of terrorists] in Judea of ​​Samaria.”

IRANIAN OFFICIALS OPENLY DISCUSS COUNTRY’S CAPABILITY TO MAKE NUCLEAR WEAPON

Based on IDF intelligence, Islamic Jihad deviated from standard rules of engagement because it was about to fire anti-tank missiles at Israel. “It was the first time that the PIJ planned to act [in reaction] to something that happened in Judea and Samaria,” a reference to Israel’s arrest of the leader of Islamic Jihad in the West Bank last Monday.

Former British commander Kemp said Israel’s attack to knock out the PIJ leadership was justified.

“Israel had no choice but to launch a preemptive strike against the PIJ to prevent an imminent deadly attack on Israeli civilians. Their initial military operation and subsequent strikes to stop the terrorist rocket fire were legal, necessary and proportionate. Israel operates in accordance with international law at all times, while every rocket launch by the PIJ is a double war crime, attacking behind human shields and firing indiscriminately at civilians,” Kemp said.

In this photo released by an official website of Iran's Supreme Leader's Office, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with Iranian officials, participants of the 31st International Conference of Islamic Unity and ambassadors of Islamic countries, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, December 6, 2017.

In this photo released by an official website of Iran’s Supreme Leader’s Office, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a meeting with Iranian officials, participants of the 31st International Conference of Islamic Unity and ambassadors of Islamic countries, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
(Office of Iran’s Supreme Leader via AP)

The IDF tweeted video footage Saturday showing PIJ missile misfires in a Palestinian civilian area of ​​the Gaza Strip. “Look at this failed rocket launch that killed children in Gaza,” the IDF wrote. “This barrage of rockets was fired by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization into Gaza last night. rocket in the red circle misfires, killing Palestinian civilians – including children – in Jabaliya, northern Gaza. »

The Gaza Strip is controlled by Hamas, which the United States and the European Union have labeled a terrorist organization. Similarly, the United States and the EU classify the PIJ as a terrorist entity. Iran’s main strategic partner in Lebanon, Hezbollah, is also a US-designated terrorist organization.

PELOSI’S TAIWAN TRIP: IRAN, SYRIA JOIN LIST OF COUNTRIES CONDEMNING CONTROVERSIAL VISIT

PIJ rockets on Sunday sounded warning sirens for the first time in the ongoing spate of violence in Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.

The Israeli government said 450 to 470 rockets fired by the PIJ entered Israel and 120 failed in their mission and crashed in the Gaza Strip.

Israel’s sophisticated Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted 97% of PIJ rockets heading towards civilian population centers.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

According to the Eshkol Regional Council, a PIJ missile hit a house in a community under its jurisdiction near the southern Gaza Strip. The family was then in an air-raid shelter.