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Iranian Leaders Pushing for Preemptive Strike on Israel

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October 25, 2008
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Iranian government leaders are proposing a preemptive military strike against Israel, a senior Iranian official said this week. [1] The threat comes as Iran continues to train and arm terrorist groups that specifically target Israel. Just today (Thurs.) Iran-backed Hamas spoke out to justify the killing of an 86-year-old Israeli man by a Palestinian terrorist. [2]

Dr. Seyed G. Safavi, an adviser to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and director of a research institute associated with Iran's Revolutionary Guards, made a statement in London yesterday (Oct. 22), saying that a small group of experienced Iranian leaders are pushing for an attack on Israel in response to threats by Israeli officials to strike Iran's nuclear facilities. Safavi also said the Islamic Republic plans to target Israel in retaliation for an American or Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. [3]

In addition to saying they want Israel "wiped off the map," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other senior officials continuously state that they seek Israel's elimination. [4] Iran, the world's chief sponsor of terrorism, has attacked Israel through its proxy Hezbollah in southern Lebanon. With Iranian training and funding, Hezbollah waged war against Israel in July 2006, firing thousands of rockets into northern Israel to provide cover for infiltrating the Israeli side of the border and kidnapping and killing Israelis.

Iran also has had a role in attacks on Israel by Hamas in Gaza, which is trained and funded by Iran. Although Israel has experienced a decrease in rocket attacks since it entered a cease-fire with Hamas in June 2008, Hamas violated the agreement on Tuesday with another rocket attack [5]. Hamas also responded to today's terror attack in Jerusalem by saying that it was a "natural response" to "Israeli aggression." In the incident, a 20-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed al-Badan, stabbed Abraham Ozeri to death and seriously wounded a policeman. [6]

Iran's Qods Force, an elite unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) - a branch of the Iranian military - has had a long history of supporting terrorist organizations that target Israel. Iran has provided funding, material support, training and intelligence services to its three main proxies, Hezbollah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command (PFLP-GC).[7]  

These terrorist groups, which share the same basic ideological goals as Iran's leadership, are in many ways extensions of Iran's military network. They act as proxies for Tehran by attacking Israeli targets while providing reasonable deniability for the Iranian government on the international stage.[8]

Iranian funding of Hezbollah

Iranian funding of Hamas

Iranian funding of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)

Iranian funding of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command (PFLP-GC)

Other Iran-financed attacks against Israeli civilians:

Footnotes 

[1] Ravid, Barak, "Top Iran officials recommend preemptive strike against Israel," Haaretz, Oct. 22, 2008, http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1030279.html 

[2] Lis, Jonathan; Shragai, Nadav, "Hamas: Jerusalem stabbing is natural response to Israeli aggression," Haaretz, Oct. 23, 2008,  http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1030839.html 

[3] Ravid, Barak, "Top Iran officials recommend preemptive strike against Israel," Haaretz, Oct. 22, 2008, http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1030279.html 

[4] Teitelbaum, Joshua, "What Iranian Leaders Really Say About Doing Away With Israel," Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 2008,  http://www.jcpa.org/text/ahmadinejad2-words.pdf 

[5]  Xiaoyan, Ma, "Feature: Life with and without rockets' boom," Xinhua, Oct. 22, 2008,  http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-10/22/content_10235813.htm 

[6] Lis, Jonathan; Shragai, Nadav, "Hamas: Jerusalem stabbing is natural response to Israeli aggression," Haaretz, Oct. 23, 2008,  http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1030839.html 

[7] U.S. Department of State, "Designation of Iranian Entities and Individuals for Proliferation Activities and Support for Terrorism," Oct. 25, 2007, retrieved July 6, 2008, http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2007/oct/94193.htm

[8] O'Brien, James M., "Exporting Jihad: Iran's use of non-state armed groups" The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy & The Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies, presented at 47th Annual International Studies Association, March 22, 2006

[9] Ibid.

[10] Ibid.

[11] Partlow, Joshua, "U.S.: Iran, Hezbollah Training Iraqi Militants," The Washington Post, July 2, 2007 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/02/AR2007070200174.html?hpid=topnews

[12] "Hezbollah as a strategic arm of Iran," Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Center for Special Studies, September 8, 2006, http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/English/eng_n/html/iran_hezbollah_e1b.htm

[13] "Hezbollah as a strategic arm of Iran," Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Center for Special Studies, Sept. 8, 2006, http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/English/eng_n/html/iran_hezbollah_e1b.htm

[14] Ibid.

[15] "Seizing of the Palestinians weapons ship Karine A," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jan. 4, 2002, retrieved July 9, 2008,   

[16] Schiff, Ze'ev, "Israel's war with Iran," Council on Foreign Relations, November/December 2006, http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20061101faessay85603/ze-ev-schiff/israel-s-war-with-iran.html

[17] Charlaff, Joe, "Hezbollah rearming could have far reaching consequences for US," HS Today, April 9, 2008, http://www.hstoday.us/content/view/2825/152/

[18] Ibid.

[19] Rotella, Sebastian, "In Lebanon, Hezbollah arms stockpile, bigger, deadlier," The Los Angeles Times, May 4, 2008, http://articles.latimes.com/2008/may/04/world/fg-hezbollah4

[20] Ibid.

[21] Ibid.

[22] Charlaff, Joe, "Hezbollah rearming could have far reaching consequences for US," HS Today, April 9, 2008, http://www.hstoday.us/content/view/2825/152/

[23] Rotella, Sebastian, "In Lebanon, Hezbollah arms stockpile, bigger, deadlier," The Los Angeles Times, May 4, 2008, http://articles.latimes.com/2008/may/04/world/fg-hezbollah4

[24] Ravid, David, "Iran Rearming Hezbollah via Turkey, MI says," Haaretz, March 6, 2008, http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/960878.html

[25] Rotella, Sebastian, "In Lebanon, Hezbollah arms stockpile, bigger, deadlier," The Los Angeles Times, May 4, 2008, http://articles.latimes.com/2008/may/04/world/fg-hezbollah4

[26] "Hamas Backgrounder," Council on Foreign Relations, June 8, 2007, retrieved July 10, 2008, http://www.cfr.org/publication/8968/#2

[27] Hamas," Council on Foreign Relations Web site, retrieved July 7, 2008, http://www.cfr.org/publication/8968/

[28] Hamas Gets $50 M Boost From Iran," CBS News, April 16, 2006 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/04/16/world/main1501210.shtml

[29] "Iran increase Palestinian aid to 120 million dollars," Agence France-Press, Nov. 18, 2006. 

[30] Hamas," Council on Foreign Relations Web site, retrieved July 7, 2008, http://www.cfr.org/publication/8968/

[31] Hamas," Council on Foreign Relations Web site, retrieved July 7, 2008, http://www.cfr.org/publication/8968/

[32] Greenberg, Hanan, "Security source: Usage of mortars-to avoid a response," Ynet News, http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3542070,00.html (Translated from Hebrew)

[33] Hamas," Council on Foreign Relations Web site, retrieved July 7, 2008, http://www.cfr.org/publication/8968/

[34] Dahar, Kaid, "Iran promises to supply Hamas with long-range missiles," MSN News, May 25, 2008, http://news.msn.co.il/news/StatePoliticalMilitary/Military/200805/20080525074131.htm (Translated from Hebrew)

[35] "Iranian activities in support of the Palestinian intifada," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jan. 23, 2003, retrieved July 8, 2008

[36] "The Islamic Jihad," YnetNews, Dec. 22, 2007, retrieved July 8, 2008, http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3484933,00.html

[37] "List: Sanctioned Iranian Groups, People," The Associated Press via SFGate, Oct. 25, 2007, retrieved Sept. 3, 2008,  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/10/25/national/w134555D43.DTL 

[38] "Iranian activities in support of the Palestinian intifada," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jan. 23, 2003, retrieved July 8, 2008,   

[39] Ibid.

[40] "The Islamic Jihad," Ynet, Dec. 22, 2007, retrieved July 8, 2008, http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3484933,00.html

[41] Mahnaimi, Uzi, "Tehran ‘bounty' for attack on Israel," TimesOnline, Oct. 30, 2005, http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article584462.ece

[42] Ibid.

[43] "The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command (PFLP-GC)," CDI Terrorism Project, November 13, 2002, retrieved July 8, 2008, http://www.cdi.org/terrorism/pflp-gc.cfm

[44] Ibid.

[45] "Iran and Syria as strategic support for Palestinian Terrorism," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sept. 30, 2002, retrieved July 8, 2008, http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/MFAArchive/2000_2009/2002/9/Iran%20and%20Syria%20as%20Strategic%20Support%20for%20Palestinia

[46] Levitt, Matthew A., "Iranian State Sponsorship of Terror: Threatening U.S. Security, Global Stability, and Regional Peace," The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Feb. 16, 2005, www.washingtoninstitute.org/html/pdf/Iran-Testimony-2-16-05.pdf, pg. 5

[47] "U.S. blacklists major Iranian bank," BBC News, Sept. 8, 2006, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/5329326.stm

[48] "Support and encouragement of Palestinian terror in the ‘territories' by Iran and her proxies," The Center for Intelligence, Information, and Terror. January 2004, http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/html/final/sp/iran/financing.htm (Translated from Hebrew)

[49] "Support and encouragement of Palestinian terror in the ‘territories' by Iran and her proxies," The Center for Intelligence, Information, and Terror. January 2004, http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/malam_multimedia/html/final/sp/iran/financing.htm (Translated from Hebrew)

[50] "Iranian-trained terrorist arrested in Gaza," Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, May 19, 2008, retrieved July 13, 2008,  http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/Terrorism-+Obstacle+to+Peace/Terrorism+and+Islamic+Fundamentalism-/Iranian-trained%20terrorist%20arrested%20in%20Gaza%2019-May-2008 

[51] Azoulay, Yuval, "IDF: Iran-trained militant arrested in Gaza raid last month," Haaretz, May 19, 2008 http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/984920.html

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