Israeli PM: Iran Will Use Nuclear Deal Money to Fund Israel’s Enemies

“For, lo, Thine enemies are in an uproar; and they that hate Thee have lifted up the head.” (Psalms 83:2)

Iran is set to increase its funding of terror groups on Israel’s border bent on the Jewish State’s destruction, warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday. Netanyahu’s comments were made as he visited the IDF Northern Command to oversee army preparations for a possible escalation.

On Sunday, Hebrew-language media reported that the Israel Defense Force (IDF) carried out a large-scale drill in preparation for a possible ground operation into Syria, where large numbers of Islamists are gathering on Israel’s border. Netanyahu arrived to check on the preparations.

“What we have said all along has turned out to be accurate,” Netanyahu said, referring to his opposition to the nuclear accord reached by the P5+1 world powers and Iran. “The money that will flow to Iran-sponsored terrorist organizations will be used for one stated purpose – to destroy Israel.

“I’m here to keep a close eye on the IDF’s preparedness for these threats. We are prepared for any scenario. Those who try to harm us, we will strike at them,” he said.

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Netanyahu was not alone; Israel Radio reported that Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot joined him on the visit.

“I would like to commend the IDF’s commanders and soldiers in general and the Northern Command’s soldiers in particular, for securing the borders and keeping them quiet despite everything that is happening across the border. This professionalism is what enables thousands of hikers to enjoy the north of the country,” Ya’alon said.

“All is not quiet on the Golan front, and those who seek for it not to be quiet are the Iranians, who are trying to send proxies to conduct terror attacks against us,” he added. “Representatives of the [Iranian] Revolutionary Guards are in fact waiting for the implementation of this bad deal with world powers, in order to bring more money to Hezbollah, more to other terror groups – in both the Golan Heights and the Palestinian arena.”

He drew attention to the IDF’s success thus far in maintaining Israel’s sovereignty in the Golan Heights, adding that the IDF is prepared to to defend it.