Islamic Jihad, Iran’s Proxy – Globes

The Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, to give it its full name, is a small organization in comparison to Hamas, but as an Iranian proxy it is a big headache for Israel. This Islamic fundamentalist organization was founded 40 years ago in the Gaza Strip and its stated aims are the annihilation of the State of Israel by force and the imposition of a state governed by Islamic law. These objectives coincide with those of the Iranian leadership, and the link between Iran and Islamic Jihad is very close, although it has not always been so.

Islamic Jihad Secretary General Ziyad al-Nakhalah is currently in Tehran directing operations against Israel there. The organization’s military headquarters are in Damascus, where its supreme military commander, Akram al-Ajouri, resides. The organization maintains good relations with pro-Iranian militias in Syria and with Hezbollah in Lebanon. According to documents seized by US military intelligence, Iran has transferred millions of dollars in grants for each deadly attack on Israel, and there have been several, the worst being the 1995 Beit Lid attack, in which 22 Israelis were killed.

After Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, Islamic Jihad enjoyed almost complete freedom of action and managed to grow to some 20,000 militants, mostly organized in the Brigades Al-Quds, formed militias that use rocket launchers and mortars. . Islamic Jihad also has cells and infrastructure in Judea and Samaria, mainly in the north, in the Jenin region, where the organization’s regional leader, Bassam al-Saadi, was arrested last week, triggering the current blaze.

$100 million annual budget

The organization’s top leadership and hundreds of its members are in Syria and Lebanon, sponsored by Hezbollah, which manages its finances. According to Israeli intelligence sources, Islamic Jihad has an annual budget of $100 million, most of which is provided by Iran in the form of payments made through money changers and so-called money-making organizations. welfare.

The Iranian Red Crescent Society, a supposedly medical organization that is supposed to help set up clinics in the Gaza Strip, is another institution that serves as a pipeline for money transfers to the terrorist organization.

Iran also provides weapons, including advanced anti-aircraft missiles, and technological know-how for Islamic Jihad weapons workshops in the Gaza Strip.

Over the previous decade, because Islamic Jihad leaders refrained from expressing support for the Houthi rebels, another Iranian proxy, in Yemen’s civil war, Iran cut off all support. It was only after a year of attempts at persuasion that then-Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah visited Tehran and pledged allegiance to Islamic Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani, who since been assassinated. Since then, Iran has provided aid to Islamic Jihad amounting to some $70 million a year. Due to Iran’s own economic situation and the sanctions against it, the amount of aid has not been increased despite requests from Islamic Jihad,

Mentioned, the organization has thousands of operatives in the Gaza Strip, and it has a few thousand rockets and missiles, most of them home-produced and not very reliable. The assassination of its senior commanders in recent days has weakened it considerably, as has the destruction of its rocket production and storage facilities. The organization, with its militant ideological position and the financial support of Iran, will however be able to recover under the protection of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Published by Globes, Israel business news – – on August 7, 2022.

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