Iran Opening a 3rd Front against Israel, PM Warns

At start of cabinet meeting, Netanyahu warns coming month 'critical' for Iran's nuclear plan, won't back down from Congress speech.

Ari Soffer ,

Israeli artillery responds to Hezbollah attack on IDF convoy (Jan 2015)
Israeli artillery responds to Hezbollah attack on IDF convoy (Jan 2015)
IDF Spokesperson Unit/Flash 90

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned that Iran is attempting to open up a "third front" against Israel, using Hezbollah forces currently battling Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights.

Speaking at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday morning, Netanyahu said that "first and foremost" among the various security threats facing Israel is "Iran's attempt to increase its foothold on Israel's borders even as it works to arm itself with nuclear weapons."

"Alongside Iran's direct guidance of Hezbollah's actions in the north and Hamas' in the south, Iran is trying to also to develop a third front on the Golan Heights via the thousands of Hezbollah fighters who are in southern Syria and over which Iran holds direct command."

Netanyahu's comments come on the same day as a new report shed more light on the circumstances of last month's Hezbollah attack on an IDF patrol which killed two soldiers.

The PM lamented that despite Iran's aggressive actions throughout the region - where it is using Shia Islamist proxies to gain a greater foothold, including Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, as well as Sunni terrorist groups in Gaza and Judea-Samaria - world leaders were still seriously considering making concessions during nuclear talks.

"The fact that Iran is continuing its murderous terrorism that knows no borders and which embraces the region and the world has, to our regret, not prevented the international community from continuing to talk with Iran about a nuclear agreement that will allow it to build the industrial capacity to develop nuclear weapons," he said.

Contrary to the goodwill shown by western states, both Iran's open support of terrorism as well as its actions vis-a-vis its nuclear program, indicate that Tehran is simply playing for time, Netanyahu insisted.

The coming month in particular would be a crucial one, he warned, and emphasized that that sense of urgency was precisely why he would not back down from addressing Congress next month.

"It is astonishing that even after the recent IAEA report determined that Iran is continuing to hide the military components of its nuclear program, the nuclear talks are with it are proceeding.

"Not only are they continuing, there is an increased effort to reach a nuclear agreement in the coming days and weeks. Therefore, the coming month is critical for the nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers because a framework agreement is liable to be signed that will allow Iran to develop the nuclear capabilities that threaten our existence.

"The agreement that is being formulated between Iran and the major powers is dangerous for Israel and therefore I will go to the US next week in order to explain to the American Congress, which could influence the fate of the agreement, why this agreement is dangerous for Israel, the region and the entire world."