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Hamas names “most dangerous asset” new leader for Gaza

Posted by Tip Staff - November 14, 2016


Sixty-year-old Imad al-Alami – a man with close ties to Iran and Syria – will replace Ismail Haniyeh as the effective political leader in the Gaza Strip, the Times of Israel reported on Monday. Haniyeh is moving to Qatar, likely in order to replace Khaled Meshaal as leader of the terror group’s political bureau.
A Foreign Policy article previously called Alami one of Hamas’s “most dangerous assets” and “the point man for all of Hamas’s relations with Iran and its proxies.” After spending several years in Iran, the Gaza-born Alami moved to Syria in 2008, and was the final Hamas leader to leave Damascus following the organization’s split with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad over the Syrian Civil War – the last man standing in preserving ties with Tehran. Alami also has had a close and continuing working relationship with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah for more than 20 years.
Although there has been dissent among the Hamas leaders over its ties with Iran, signs have emerged in recent months that they are moving closer into the Islamic Republic’s orbit. A number of Hamas officials met with Iranian diplomats in Beirut in September, pledging to face the “Zionist threat” together. Gaza-based Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar then said one month later that the militant group sought to “enhance and develop” its ties with Iran in order to prepare for a new war with Israel.


The Lebanese terror group Hezbollah showed off its “massive” arsenal of armored vehicles during a “military parade” near the northern Syrian city of al-Qusayr on Sunday, the pro-regime Syrian website al-Masdar News reported. Columns of armored vehicles were visible in photos uploaded to Hezbollah-affiliated social media accounts.
The website also claimed that Hezbollah displayed tanks it claimed to have captured from Israel. The Iranian proxy group did not open the event to residents from nearby towns, citing security concerns.
In June, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s leader boasted, “We are open about the fact that Hezbollah’s budget, its income, its expenses, everything it eats and drinks, its weapons and rockets, are from the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Nasrallah’s acknowledgement of Iranian aid seems to confirm a public assurance given to him in August 2015 by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that the nuclear deal presented “a historic opportunity” to confront Israel. Iran recently announced that its defense spending would increase by 90 percent in the coming year.
According to a think tank report published in July, Israeli officials believe that any future war with Hezbollah has the potential to cause “thousands of civilian deaths” in Israel.
The Israeli military’s emergency medical unit won an unprecedented top grade from the United Nations’ public health agency for the humanitarian relief it provides in disaster zones around the world, The Times of Israel reported Sunday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) last week granted the Israel Defense Forces’ field hospital the coveted “Type 3″ designation, a label no other country has yet received, according to Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Ofer Merin, the hospital’s commander. The WHO also added a number of “specialized care” recognitions, meaning that the classification was technically a “Type 3 plus.”
“We’re going to recommend the director-general verifies [Israel’s team] as a Type 1, Type 2, and also Type 3 and multiple different types of specialty cells,” Dr. Ian Norton, who authored the WHO grading system, said at a ceremony in Ramat Gan last Wednesday. “We haven’t had that ever before,” Norton added, praising the Israeli team’s efforts to qualify for the top designation.
The Type 3 designation, which will give Israel greater access to foreign disaster situations, cements its reputation as one of the world’s top providers of emergency medical treatment.

Fourteen Tanzanian children underwent successful heart surgery during the first Israeli-German Save a Child’s Heart/Deutsches Herzzentrum joint medical mission to Dar es Salaam this month. The five-day medical mission – supported by Save a Child’s Heart Canada and Ein Herz für Kinder – included a German team from the Deutsches Herzzentrum in Berlin under the leadership of Prof. Felix Berger and an Israeli team from the Wolfson Medical Center, led by Dr. Akiva Tamir, head of the pediatric cardiology unit, and Nava Gershon, head nurse of the pediatric surgical ward. (via Israel 21c)

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