According to Joe Truzman, a research expert on Palestinian armed groups in the Middle East, other terrorist organizations that are allegedly funded by Iran have threatened to join the war against Israel, presenting the possibility of increased danger for one of America’s closest allies.
“Over the last hours, I have monitored statements by Iran-backed groups from the region threatening to join the war against Israel,” he tweeted. “At @FDD and @LongWarJournal, we published a visual in July about the threat of these groups. I recommend you read this.”
On the Foundation for Defense of Democracies website, Truzman features a visual presentation that highlights multiple terrorist organizations that could present a threat to Israel as it defends itself against the devastating attacks of Hamas.
The presentation, titled “Iran and its Network of Nineteen Terrorist Organizations on Israel’s Borders,” paints a clear picture of Iran’s influence in the Middle East, particularly with regard to the threat against Israel.
“Over the last four decades, the Iranian regime has built a network of armed groups on Israel’s borders to create instability and foment terrorism,” Truzman states on the FDD’s website. “Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and a mosaic of other terrorist organizations receive funding, training, and weapons from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Quds Force (IRGC-QF).”
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According to the FDD, the 19 terrorist organizations that could present a threat to Israel include the Abd Al-Qadir Al-Husseini Brigades, Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq, Badr Organization, Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hamas, Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba’, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Quds Force, Kataib Hezbollah, Lions’ Den, Liwa Al-Quds, Liwa Fatemiyoun, Liwa Zeynabiyoun, Palestinian Mujahideen Movement, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command, and Popular Resistance Committees.
“Israel has worked to limit the growth of these terrorist organizations, but they remain a significant threat on multiple fronts,” Truzman wrote.
If some of the terrorist organizations outlined by Truzman and the FDD join Hamas in the war against Israel, the current conflict in the Middle East could significantly increase.
Currently, over 1,100 people are dead in both Israel and Gaza after Hamas launched attacks against the U.S. ally over the weekend, prompting Israel to retaliate against the terrorist organization.