Israeli Defense Minister: Iran Turning Syrian Military Sites Into Missile Factories For Terrorist Groups
The Syrian sites are being “used to manufacture advanced weapons for Iran and various Iranian proxies in the Middle East.”
While President Joe Biden’s administration hopes to restore the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran, the regime in Tehran has renewed its threats against Israel and stepped up its terrorist activities in the region.
On Monday, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz revealed that Iran had turned Syrian military sites into advanced weapons factories. He identified ten sites used by Iran to manufacture heavy weaponry, including the manufacture of precision missiles for the Lebanese terrorist militia Hezbollah.
The Syria-based weapons factories make missiles and advanced weapons for Hezbollah and other Iran-backed terror groups across the Middle East. The Syrian sites are being “used to manufacture advanced weapons for Iran and various Iranian proxies in the Middle East,” the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Monday.
Gaza-based Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Iran’s Kata’ib Hezbollah, and Yemen’s Houthi-Ansar Allah are among the leading jihadi terrorist groups being funded, armed, and trained by Tehran.
The Israeli broadcaster Ynet News reported the defense minister’s statement:
Defense Minister Benny Gantz revealed on Monday a map marking over 10 different facilities in Syria used to produce advanced weapons for Iranian-backed proxy militias in the region.
The sites, which are located in the northwestern city of Masyaf, belong to the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center, known by its French acronym CERS, including one underground facility.
Speaking at the Jerusalem Post Annual Conference in New York City, Gantz accused Iran of assembling a “terror industry” in Syria for its needs and called on the world to provide a “credible and tangible military option” against Iranian activity.
He also issued a warning to Syria against using these facilities to produce precision-guided missiles for Iran and Hezbollah, thereby disrupting the balance in the region.
The Israeli defense chief told the conference there had been a “sharp increase in Iran’s violent activity” in the region since the start of 2020 and that the Islamic Republic continues to bankroll its proxies throughout the region to the tune of a $1 billion while arguing that lifting Western sanctions over Tehran would funnel $100 billion into its coffers that will then be used for terrorism.
The revelations come after Israeli media reports of an IDF airstrike inside Syria that destroyed a missile assembly line run by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
The destroyed IRGC facility “stored thousands of medium-range, surface-to-surface missiles assembled under the supervision of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ‘expert officers,'” the Jerusalem Post reported on August 28, citing Syrian sources.
The growing Iranian terrorist infrastructure in neighboring Syria threatens Israeli security. By arming Lebanon-based Hezbollah and Palestinian terror groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Iran is trying to encircle Israel as it pursues a nuclear weapons program.
On Monday, Tehran renewed its threats to attack Israel. The Iranian military unveiled an attack drone reportedly ‘designed’ to hit Israel’s commercial capital Tel Aviv and the country’s maritime hub Haifa.
The Times of Israel reported:
A senior Iranian military commander said Monday that Iran has developed a long-range suicide drone intended to strike major cities along Israel’s Mediterranean coast.
Brig. Gen. Kioumars Heydari, who heads the Iranian military’s ground forces, said the Arash-2 drone was specifically designed to attack Tel Aviv and Haifa, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency. (…)
Tehran, which has long worked on developing UAV technology, has been accused in recent years of launching drone attacks on US- and Israel-linked targets in the region, as well as against American allies.
Biden Admin ‘Pushes’ For New Iran Nuke Deal
Despite Iran’s heightened terrorist activities, the Biden administration is committed to finalizing a new nuclear deal with the regime. The new agreement, just like the 2015 Obama-Kerry deal, will mean a financial windfall for Iran, the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid recently revealed that the nuclear deal being worked out by the Biden White House will “give Iran $100 billion a year.”
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the proposed Biden-Mullah deal as Iran’s “golden paved highway” to a nuclear weapon. According to him, the agreement was an act of “madness” and “the height of folly,” as it did little to prevent the regime from pursuing its nuclear weapons program.
Even the UN nuclear watchdog, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), fears the regime is racing toward a nuclear bomb. Last week, the IAEA, which monitors Iran’s nuclear activities, admitted that it was “not in a position to provide assurance that Iran’s nuclear program is exclusively peaceful.”
But these bitter facts haven’t dampened the Biden administration’s desire to seal another disastrous deal with the Iranians. “The State Department says the U.S. will continue to push for an Iran deal despite recent setbacks in negotiations,” PBS reported last week.DONATE
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