Analysis: A new anti-Israel axis is forming
At the northern front a new anti-Israel axis is planning its next moves.
After Israel proved it can virtually neutralize every rocket launched at southern Israel from Gaza and developed what is dubbed ‘an underground Iron Dome’ in order to combat the increasing threat of Hamas’ terror tunnels, the Palestinian terror group is now threatening Israel from the north.
Last week, senior Hamas official Mohammad Abu Hamza Hamdan escaped an assassination attempt on his life in the coastal city of Sidon in southern Lebanon, when a bomb which was planted underneath the driver’s seat of his expensive BMW destroyed the vehicle, but only moderately wounded the terrorist.
Mohammad Abu Hamza Hamdan is the brother of Osama Hamdan, the official Hamas envoy to Beirut and the co-author of Hamas’s new charter which continues to call for the destruction of Israel.
Lebanese media later reported an Israeli plane or drone had been spotted in the skies above Sidon at the moment the booby-trapped car exploded, fueling speculation the Mossad had something to do with the assassination attempt.
The Hezbollah affiliated paper al-Akhbar reported this weekend that Lebanese intelligence found out Ahmed Battiyah, a Dutch Muslim, had been recruited in Amsterdam by the Mossad and was tasked with preparing the assassination plot.
Israel’s Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz responded to the accusations by Hamas and Hezbollah about a “Zionist plot” by denying any involvement in the assassination attempt and said if Israel had been involved Hamadan wouldn’t be alive now.