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from Daily Alert, Dec. 29, 2014

Iranian Revolutionary Guards at Lebanon-Israel Border
On Dec. 25, 2015, a Twitter account affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) (@IRGCnetwork) tweeted that IRGC soldiers are at the Lebanon-Israel border. Moreover, the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar, which is affiliated with Hizbullah, reported on Oct. 8, 2014, that Hizbullah fighters were again operating in the region south of the Litani River, in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701. (MEMRI)

Iran Has 1,000 Military Advisers in Iraq – Missy Ryan and Loveday Morris
Iranian military involvement has dramatically increased in Iraq over the past year as Tehran has delivered desperately needed aid to Baghdad in its fight against Islamic State militants, say U.S., Iraqi and Iranian sources. A senior Iranian cleric with close ties to Tehran’s leadership said that since June, Iran has sent more than 1,000 military advisers to Iraq, as well as elite units, and has conducted airstrikes and spent more than $1 billion on military aid.
At the same time, Iraq’s Shiite-led government is increasingly reliant on the powerful militias and a massive Shiite volunteer force, which together may now equal the size of Iraq’s security forces. (Washington Post)
Hamas Leader Mashal Calls to Join with Turkey to “Liberate Palestine and Jerusalem”
Khaled Mashal, the head of Hamas’ political bureau, addressed Turkey’s ruling party’s annual congress in Konya on Dec. 27, endorsing Turkish President Erdogan and Prime Minister Davutoglu, and voicing his hope to “liberate Palestine and Jerusalem” together with them in the future. Mashal’s speech was interrupted by cries of “God is great” and “Down with Israel” by AKP supporters who waved Turkish and Palestinian flags. (Hurriyet-Turkey)

See also Hamas’ New Base in Turkey – Yoni Ben Menachem
According to Hamas sources, Mashal’s visit to Turkey is a step on the way to his anticipated visit to Iran to cement the new Iran-Turkey-Qatar-Hizbullah axis. Hamas is gradually building a key operations base in Turkey. Israel has demanded that measures be taken against Turkey as a NATO member for allowing the unhindered activity of Hamas in Istanbul. (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)

  • Netanyahu: There Is an Iranian Effort to Deepen Terrorism in the West Bank
    Prime Minister Netanyahu told the Cabinet on Sunday: “In recent weeks we have seen a stepped-up Iranian effort to intensify terrorist actions in Judea and Samaria. None other than the Palestinian Authority ambassador in Tehran said that he was enthused by Iranian ruler Khamenei’s instructions to send weapons to the West Bank and he added, ‘The Zionist regime is an aggressive cancerous growth which, sooner or later, must be eliminated.’ It was not a Hamas man who said this, it was the Palestinian Authority ambassador.”
    “What is the UN doing in response? Instead of dealing with this incitement they are giving it an honored place, the same incitement that has led to the recent terrorist attacks, and they are also moving forward on a unilateral Palestinian proposal to try and pass a decision in the Security Council, the purpose of which is to bring about a forced settlement that would establish here a second Hamastan and would endanger our security.”
    “This is the same UN, the Human Rights Council of which passed dozens of decisions this year against Israel, one decision on Iran and one decision on Syria. We will continue to insist on our truth and we will also continue to vigorously rebuff attempts to force terms on us that would endanger our security and our future.”  (Prime Minister’s Office)

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