IDF Intelligence chief General Amos Yadlin said Monday afternoon that the ultimate goal held by anti-Israel terrorists is to attack Tel Aviv and the Gush Dan region, the heart of Israeli commerce and Israel's most concentrated population area, from three fronts. Iran, Syria and Hizbullah hope for a chance to rain missiles on central Israel from three directions, he said.
“Gush Dan is the main target at which our enemies plan to fire missile,” he said. Yadlin spoke at an event marking 100 years since the establishment of the first kibbutz, the collective settlements that were unique to Israel at the start of the return to Zion.
Currently most rocket attacks are carried out by Gaza terrorists, and target southern Israel. Hamas hopes to gain the improved missile technology that would allow it to target central Israel as well, Yadlin said.
Hizbullah targeted Israeli cities, villages, roads and industrial areas with missiles during the Second Lebanon War, raining down katyusha rockets throughout the north and one grad missle that reached the Netanya area. 114 IDF soldiers and 43 civilians were killed. The terrorist group, which has since joined Lebanon's ruling coalition, was unable to carry out plans to target central Israel after IDF warplanes demolished its larger missiles in the first days of battle.
Yadlin also spoke of the chances for Middle East peace. The biggest obstacle to peace is Iran, he said. The Islamic Republic funds terrorist groups that upset regional stability and undermine peace talks. Iran gives Hizbullah $1 billion every year, and also gives Hamas and Islamic Jihad annual donations of $100 million and $50 million respectively.
Hizbullah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad all list the destruction of Israel as one of their primary goals and are all opposed to peace talks between Israel and Arab states or the Palestinian Authority.