A New Axis of Evil Is Fomenting Violence in Israel

(Telegraph-UK) Con Coughlin - The barrage of deadly rockets fired at Israel's heartland by Palestinian militants is not simply an attempt to inflict maximum casualties against the Israeli people. It is part of a well-orchestrated campaign by leaders of the extremist Palestinian Hamas movement and its Islamist backers to seize control of the Palestinian cause as part of their long-standing campaign to destroy the Jewish state. Palestinian militants, together with their backers in Islamist regimes such as Iran and Turkey, have been waiting for an excuse to provoke a fresh confrontation with Israel. Israeli security officials have been warning for months that Hamas has been building stockpiles of missiles in anticipation of renewed hostilities. Hamas' military build-up, moreover, has taken place amid a broader effort by Islamist extremists to increase the pressure on Israel throughout the Middle East. In southern Lebanon, Iranian-backed Hizbullah has been steadily building its stockpiles of missiles to threaten Israel, while in Syria, Iran is building a network of military bases along Syria's border with Israel. Both Turkey and Iran are keen that Hamas, which is committed to the destruction of Israel, becomes the dominant voice in Palestinian politics in place of Mahmoud Abbas, the current Palestinian leader.

2021-05-14 00:00:00

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