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The Daily TIP: Former Israeli National Security Advisor: If Iran Attacks Israel Again, "There will be Consequences"

Posted by Tip Staff - May 07, 2018

Former Israeli National Security Advisor: If Iran Attacks Israel Again, "There will be Consequences"
Iran-Backed Hezbollah Gains Tighter Control Over Lebanon Through "Decisive" Election Victory
Six Hamas Terrorists Killed in Gaza Blast; Terror Group Blames Israel
NASA Imaging Technology Reveals Previously Invisible Text Fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls


Former Israeli National Security Advisor: If Iran Attacks Israel Again, "There will be Consequences"

Following a weekend during which Israeli officials warned that Iran was preparing to use proxies to attack northern Israel in retaliation for an airstrike against an Iranian airbase in Syria, a former Israeli national security advisor asserted that for any Iranian attack "there will be consequences."

Maj.-Gen. (Ret.) Yaakov Amidror made the comments on a conference call hosted by The Israel Project on Monday.

Iran launched a drone from the T-4 airfield into Israel in February. Israeli air defenses followed the drone and shot it down in Israeli territory. Late last month, a second strike against an Iranian-controlled base in northern Syria killed more than a dozen of Iranian troops.

Israel’s news broadcasters on Sunday reported that the Israeli intelligence community had identified preliminary efforts by Iran in Syria to carry out strikes against the Jewish State with the help of its proxies – the IRGC, Hezbollah and other Shiite militia groups. The Shiite bloc plans to launch a barrage of precision-guided missiles, likely at Israeli military targets in the north.

“We know the Iranians are preparing and are very close to the end of the preparations to launch some rockets, missiles into Israel,” Amidror said.

Amidror further warned that if Iran tests Israel’s red lines, the Jewish state will respond. “If the Iranians will attack Israel, as they did with the explosive drone more than three months ago, there will be consequences (…) such as a counter attack by Israel on Iranian interests.”



Iran-Backed Hezbollah Gains Tighter Control Over Lebanon Through "Decisive" Election Victory

Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed terrorist group that exerts political and military control over Lebanon has won a "decisive" electoral victory and emerged stronger as the result of the first parliamentary elections held in that country in nine years, Reuters reported Monday.

A coalition constituting Hezbollah and allied parties - including Amal, another Shiite party, and the Free Patriotic Movement, the country's largest Christian party - is poised to capture a majority of the seats in Lebanon's parliament according to preliminary results reported on Monday.

The Future Movement headed by Hezbollah opponent Sa'ad Hariri lost seats and now appears to have only 18 seats, a loss of 16.

In October 2016 parliament elected Michel Aoun of the Free Patriotic Movement, a Hezbollah ally as president. Hezbollah kept Lebanese politics in limbo for two and a half until it could get an ally elected as president.

The election was held under a new electoral law adopted last year, which was expected to give Hezbollah a majority in parliament.

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett said that the results of the Lebanese election "strengthen what has been our approach for a while: Hezbollah=Lebanon."

Bennett echoed the assessment of former foreign minister and Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni, who said in February 2017, "today, Hezbollah is part of the Lebanese government and therefore, if we will be forced to fight, the next war will be against the state of Lebanon, which will bear the diplomatic responsibility for Hezbollah’s actions."



Six Hamas Terrorists Killed in Gaza Blast; Terror Group Blames Israel

Six Hamas terrorists were killed in a large blast in the center of the Gaza Strip, The Times of Israel reported Saturday.

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, claimed that six of its members were killed in the explosion and blamed the blast on Israel. A statement from the group said that its personnel were carrying out a “complex security and intelligence operation," when the explosion they blamed on the "Zionist enemy" occurred. The terror group offered no other details.

Gaza media outlets attributed the explosion to a "work accident," which usually means that those killed had been working with explosives that detonated prematurely.

Ynet, citing local sources, reported that the men had been attempting to dismantle an Israeli missile that had failed to detonate.

Last month four members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), another Iran-backed terror group in Gaza, died in an explosion. While PIJ explained that the explosion took place while the four were involved in unspecified "preparations," Israel's Army Radio said that they were carrying explosives in their vehicle when it exploded, suggesting that it was a "work accident."

The Gaza explosion took place during weeks of violent Hamas-led riots at the border with Israel. The riots -- being held under the guise of the "March of Return" -- are not nonviolent as claimed by Hamas but serve as a cover for assaults on Israeli soldiers and the border fence. Underlying the riots is the goal of destroying Israel.



NASA Imaging Technology Reveals Previously Invisible Text Fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls

Two-thousand-year-old Dead Sea Scroll fragments, containing script previously invisible to the naked eye, were discovered and presented last week at an international conference honoring 70 years since the scroll's discovery in Judean Desert cave.

The script was identified by an Israel Antiquities Authority researcher using advanced imaging technology originally developed for NASA. The discovery provides new clues and information for the study of the scrolls, one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century.

When the fragments were discovered in the 1950s by archaeologists and Bedouin in the caves near Qumran, they were placed in boxes without being sorted or deciphered due to their small size and delicate state.

Recently, as part of a project by the Israel Antiquities Authority to digitize the scrolls and make high-quality images available to the public, samples from the boxes were examined using new imaging technology capable of identifying script on some fragments.

The new script was discovered by Oren Ableman, a scroll researcher at the Dead Sea Scrolls Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority and a Ph.D. student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as he examined fragments found in “Cave 11” near Qumran.

Of particular interest to researchers is a fragment from the Temple Scroll, a text dealing with directions for conducting the services in the ideal Temple; a fragment from the Great Psalms Scroll (11Q5); and a fragment written in ancient Paleo-Hebrew that may be part of an unknown manuscript.

(via Israel21c)


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