Skip to comments.Iran, Syria and Hezbollah Behind Arms Smuggling
Posted on 05/24/2004 11:31:22 PM PDT by F14 Pilot
(IFM) Israel's Defense Chief of staff Lt.-Gen Moshe Ya'alon shed light on the arms smuggling process by Palestinians that prompted Israel Defense Forces recent security operations in Gaza, THE JERUSALEM POST reported. Ya'alon explained that the weapons had been arriving at Sinai beaches, and from there were transported to the Gaza Strip. "The operations are being financed almost entirely by Iran and organized via Damascus and Lebanon with the aid of the Hezbollah," Ya'alon continued. There has recently been an improvement in the quality of arms being smuggled in, he said, including Katyusha rockets, and anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles.
According to the IDF chief of staff, Egyptian efforts to prevent the terrorist activities are not sufficient, and although Israel is holding a dialogue with Egypt to improve their operations, only Israel can do this job. "The absence of control by Israel over the (Philadelphia) route will result in the Gaza Strip's saturation in arms, which will make it difficult for us to operate in the future," Ya'alon observed.
Concerning allegations of human rights abuses, Ya'alon stressed that the IDF did not shoot at ambulances in spite of a lengthy history of Palestinian abuse. "Palestinians have always exploited Israel's humanitarian sensitivity," he said, and even recently had used UNRWA and Red Cross ambulances to transport arms and IDF soldier body remains to their strongholds.
Death to all smugglers ~ Hang 'em High!
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