Israeli Defense Minister: Iran Setting Up Global Terror Network, ‘Including In Europe and America’

Israel’s defense minister on Wednesday accused Iran of building an international terror network that includes “sleeper cells” that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives in order to strike on command in places including Europe and the U.S.

Moshe Ya’alon said Iran aims to destabilize the Middle East and other parts of the world and is training, funding and arming “emissaries” to spread a revolution.

He said Tehran is the anchor of a “dangerous axis” that includes Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, Sanaa and other cities in the region.

“The Iranian regime through the Iranian Revolutionary Guard corps is building a complex terror infrastructure including sleeping cells that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives and are ready to act on order including in Europe and America,” Yaalon said after talks with his Cypriot counterpart.

Israel considers Iran the biggest threat to the region, citing its support for anti-Israel militant groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, and has been an outspoken critic of the international nuclear deal with Iran.

The Israeli defense minister offered no direct evidence of such sleeper cells existing in the U.S. or Europe, but referred indirectly to the case of a Hezbollah member who was jailed in Cyprus last June following the seizure of nine tons of a chemical compound that can be converted into an explosive.

A Cypriot court sentenced Lebanese Canadian Hussein Massam Abdallah to six years in prison after prosecutors said he admitted that Hezbollah aimed to mount terrorist attacks against Israeli interests in Cyprus using the ammonium nitrate that he had been ordered to guard at the Larnaca home of another official of the Iranian-backed group.

Yaalon said Cypriot authorities had “defeated attempts by Hezbollah and Iran to establish a terror infrastructure” on the island that aimed to expand “throughout Europe.”

Yaalon said that apart from the refugee crisis, the war in Syria has resulted in “widespread infiltration by murderous, merciless terror organizations” that belong to global jihad and are partly funded by Iran. He said that requires western nations to counter attempts to carry out “massive terror attacks.”

Yaalon’s trip to Cyprus was the first official visit by an Israeli defense minister to the east Mediterranean island.

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  1. Joe Levin
    Joe Levin says:

    “סוריה הפכה להיות מגרש בו משחקות מעצמות, שבו משחקים ארגוני טרור ומדינות המפעילות אותם. המצב הזה הוא כאוטי, לא רק בסוריה אלא גם במדינות אחרות במזרח התיכון, והוא משפיע לא רק על האזור – אלא גם על אירופה. אנו נמצאים בעיצומה של מלחמה בין תרבויות. במובנים מסוימים זו מלחמת עולם שלישית באופן שונה ממה שהכרנו” – כך התבטא היום (רביעי) שר הביטחון, משה יעלון, המבקר בימים אלה בקפריסין.

    יעלון, המבקר במדינה כאורחו של שר ההגנה כריסטופורוס פוקאידס, הזהיר כי “במצב הנוכחי, ובזכות הפשרת הסנקציות, המשטר בטהראן ירכוש יותר נשק. לא רק מערכות הגנה אלא גם מטוסי קרב, טילים שונים ואמצעי לחימה שיסכנו את כל האזור כולל את ישראל”. לדבריו, “האיראנים מנסים ללא הפסק לחמש את חיזבאללה, כולל ניסיונות שהתקיימו לאחרונה”

    “המשטר האיראני, באמצעות משמרות המהפכה”, הוסיף שר הביטחון, “מקים תשתיות טרור מגוונות ותאי טרור רדומים האוגרים אמצעי לחימה, ידע ופעילים, המתכוננים לפעול ביום פקודה, בין היתר באירופה ובאמריקה”.

    “רק בשנה שעברה”, חשף יעלון, “הצליחו כוחות הביטחון של קפריסין, אשר פעלו במקצועיות רבה, לסכל הקמתה של תשתית טרור של חיזבאללה ואיראן במדינה. תשתית שמטרתה הייתה לשלוח זרועות של טרור לרחבי אירופה. זו ההוכחה לכך שהמערב יכול להכות במבקשי רעתו”.

    ביקורו של יעלון במדינה הוא הביקור רשמי ראשון של שר ביטחון ישראלי בקפריסין, במסגרתו הוא חתם עם מקבילו הקפריסאי על הסכם להעמקת שיתוף הפעולה בין צה”ל לבין הצבא הקפריסאי.

    “מדינת ישראל רואה בקפריסין ידידת אמת, והיחסים בין הממסדים הביטחוניים, כמו גם בין הצבאות ומערכות המודיעין, הם ארוכי שנים, עמוקים, חשובים – והגעתי לכאן מסמלת זאת”, אמר יעלון. “כל גורם במזרח התיכון שיהיה מוכן לסייע בייצוב המצב, ימצא בנו פרטנר, כולל מדינות שאין לנו יחסים עמן”.

  2. Joe Levin
    Joe Levin says:

    Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Wednesday warned that Iran is building an international terror network that includes “sleeper cells” planning to strike on command in places such as Europe and the United States.

    Those “sleeper cells” are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives, said Ya’alon. He made the comments during a visit to Cyprus and was quoted by The Associated Press (AP).

    Ya’alon said Iran aims to destabilize the Middle East and other parts of the world and is training, funding and arming “emissaries” to spread a revolution.

    He said Tehran is the anchor of a “dangerous axis” that includes Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut, Sanaa and other cities in the region.

    “The Iranian regime through the Iranian Revolutionary Guard corps is building a complex terror infrastructure including sleeping cells that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives and are ready to act on order including in Europe and America,” he was quoted as having said after talks with his Cypriot counterpart.

    He did not, however, offer any direct evidence of such sleeper cells existing in the U.S. or Europe, but he referred indirectly to the case of a Hezbollah member who was jailed in Cyprus last year following the seizure of nine tons of a chemical compound that can be converted into an explosive.

    A Cypriot court sentenced Lebanese Canadian Hussein Massam Abdallah to six years in prison after prosecutors said he admitted that Hezbollah aimed to mount terrorist attacks against Israeli interests in Cyprus.

    In 2013, a Cyprus court sentenced a self-confessed member of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah to four years in prison after he was convicted of involvement in a plot to attack Israeli interests on the island.

    Ya’alon said on Wednesday that Cypriot authorities had “defeated attempts by Hezbollah and Iran to establish a terror infrastructure” on the island that aimed to expand “throughout Europe.”

    Yaalon’s trip to Cyprus was the first official visit by an Israeli defense minister to the east Mediterranean island, though the two countries have enjoyed closer relations in recent years.

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visited Cyprus last July and, like Ya’alon, warned at the time that Iran poses a formidable threat to Europe with its terrorist proxy Hezbollah.

    Last month, Israel, Cyprus and Greece formed an alliance focused on plans to build a gas pipeline to Europe.

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