Israeli Official: "Syria, Hizbullah Will Attack if Iran is Hit"
Israeli security officials said if any war breaks out involving Iran, they expect Syria, Hizbullah and terrorist groups in Judea, Samaria and Gaza to join the fray and attack Israel. This assumption is echoed by terrorist leaders from several groups.
The security officials told WorldNetDaily.com that the greatest threat Syria poses to the Jewish state are the country's missiles. They noted that Syria recently test-fired two Scud-D surface-to-surface missiles, which have a range of about 400 km., covering most Israeli territory. The officials said the Syrian missile test was coordinated with Iran and is believed to have been successful. It is not known with what type of warhead the missiles were armed, but Syria is known to possess weapons of mass destruction.
In addition to longer-range Scuds, Syria is in possession of shorter-range missiles such as 220mm and 305mm rockets, some of which have been passed on to Hizbullah.
Terrorist leaders are saying openly that an attack on Iran will lead to a coordinated counterattack on Israel and US interests. A senior leader of the Islamic Jihad group says that during any attack on Iran, his organization has been directed by Iran to "wreak havoc" on Israel with suicide bombings, rocket attacks and "special surprises." He said rocket attacks would be launched from both the Gaza Strip and from Judea and Samaria.
The Islamic Jihad leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he said the topic was "very sensitive," told WND that Iran has been providing terrorist groups and hostile nations surrounding Israel with contingency plans for attacks against the Jewish state and American regional interests in the event of war.
Tehran is expecting its nuclear installations to be attacked, he said. He threatened that his terror group will target American interests in the Middle East whether any purported strike against Tehran is carried out by Israel or the U.S. "The Zionists and the Americans are coordinated 100 percent. It doesn't matter who attacks Iran, we are planning to hit them both," the terrorist said.
He said Islamic Jihad's leader Ramadan Shallah has been coordinating war plans with Iran, Syria and the Iranian-backed Hizbullah Lebanese militia. Shallah resides in Damascus and travels frequently to Tehran.
Abu Ahmed, who heads the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Samaria, told WND that all major local terrorist organizations are preparing to work together in the event Iran is attacked. "Our strategy is not to leave the Islamic alliance [Iran] alone against the enemy," he said. "All Palestinian organizations will work together in shooting rockets, suicide bomb attacks and other steps and actions decided closely."
Abu Ahmed said that in his terror group's estimation Iran will indeed be attacked. "It's not a question of if, but when. The campaign now in the American media is just like the campaign before the invasion of Iraq," he charged.
A senior leader of the Popular Resistance Committees terror group, speaking on condition of anonymity, told WND his group has also been preparing for what he called "the upcoming war."
The Committees is a coalition of terror organizations operating in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip which is responsible for hundreds of anti-Israel rocket and shooting attacks. "We are preparing the tomb that Allah is digging for the Zionists and Americans," said the Committees leader.
"The war will be a war on more than one front. It will be everybody against everybody. Iran, Syria, Hizbullah and the Palestinian organizations will work together. War with Iran is coming and it means the Middle East will not remain the same after it," the Committees leader said.
Syria and Iran signed a military agreement in which either will respond if the other is attacked.
Major world powers agreed Monday to begin work on a new UN Security Council resolution on Iran's nuclear program but were still committed to seeking a negotiated solution, British officials said.
The five permanent United Nations Security Council members — the United States, France, Russia, China and Britain — as well as Germany, met as Tehran's nuclear project appeared to be going ahead at full throttle.
"We had a productive first discussion of the next steps," said John Sawers, political director of the British Foreign Office, Monday. "We began work on a new Security Council Resolution. We also considered how best to re- engage with Iran," he added. "We are all committed to seeking a negotiated solution."
No other details were immediately available from the London meeting, but the major powers had been considered quite likely to discuss imposing a travel ban on senior Iranian officials and restrictions on non-nuclear business.
In Washington, Sean McCormack, the State Department spokesman, said, "I would expect the nature of the resolution to be incremental. This is designed to proportionally increase pressure on Tehran."
McCormack said limited economic sanctions against Iran implemented in December had produced surprising results, noting, "It started a very public discussion in Iran about the wisdom of their current course of defying the international system."
According to the Associated Press, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faced a new round of sharp criticism at home Monday after he said Iran's nuclear program is "an unstoppable train without brakes." Reformers and conservatives said such tough talk only inflames the West as it considers further sanctions, and the Islamic Republic's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei voiced rare criticism of the domestic performance of Ahmadinejad's government last week.