The heads of the terrorist organizations went underground 

The heads of the terrorist organizations went underground following news that Israel intends to renew the policy of targeted assassinations to improve its eroded deterrence. Hamas officials threaten that the renewal of targeted assassinations will result in rocket attacks on Israel from several fronts and the renewal of suicide attacks within Israeli cities.

The month of Ramadan has ended and the terrorist organizations in the Middle East are increasingly concerned and estimate that after Independence Day Israel will change its security policy and move to a more aggressive policy in order to restore its deterrent capacity that has been damaged in recent months.

The new security policy will be directed towards Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Hamas and Islamic Jihad organizations in the Gaza Strip and the armed terrorist groups in the West Bank in an attempt to create a new balance of deterrence.

Senior security officials say that Israel will not accept the launch of a multi-arena battle led by Iran against Israel from southern Lebanon, Syria and the Gaza Strip as happened in the month of Ramadan.

The IDF will expand the activity of arrests and thwarting the attacks planned by the armed groups in the northern West Bank.

Security officials say that Israel will resume the policy of targeted assassinations that was stopped after the IDF’s major military operation in the Gaza Strip in 2014, not only in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, but also throughout the Middle East against the leaders of the terrorist organizations.

Hamas officials said that senior figures in Palestinian organizations have gone underground and are taking various precautions in view of the Israeli security establishment’s intentions to assassinate them.

The newspaper Rai Alyoum reported on April 24 that at the top of Israel’s assassination list are 4 senior leaders who are Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, Ziyad Al-Nakhallah, Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad, Saleh al-Arouri, the deputy head of the political bureau of Hamas, and Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in the Strip Gaza.

For their part, the terrorist organizations are preparing to give an answer to Israel for renewing the policy of targeted assassinations, Hamas officials claim that in the event of an assassination of Palestinian leaders, rockets will be launched at Israel from several fronts at the same time, this will be the name of the new game.

The axis of resistance led by Iran is supposed to provide a regional umbrella and protect the terrorist organizations from targeted assassinations by Israel so that they can continue their attacks.

Sources in the axis of resistance say that they are not only talking about firing rockets at Israel, but also about commando operations of infiltrating Israeli settlements on the border of the Gaza Strip, as well as the infiltration of the Radwan force, Hezbollah’s special force, into the Galilee area to carry out attacks.

Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel in his recent speeches that any act of assassination in Lebanese territory would be met with an immediate and strong response.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad also promise a strong response in the event of the renewal of targeted assassinations and even the renewal of suicide attacks within the cities of Israel.

In 1995, after Israel killed the master terrorist Yahya Ayyash known as “The Engineer”, Hamas responded with a series of suicide attacks in Israeli cities, during these attacks 50 Israeli civilians were killed and hundreds of other civilians were injured.

Hamas is actually working these days, with the help of Hezbollah, to strengthen its military capabilities in southern Lebanon and its capabilities to launch advanced rockets at Israel.

The summer may be a hot summer in terms of security until Rosh Hashanah, Israel must change its security policy and restore its deterrence that has been eroded in recent months.

Yoni Ben Menachem Senior Middle East Analyst

About Yoni Ben Menachem

Yoni Ben Menachem is a Middle East senior analyst ,a journalist and
the former CEO of the Israel Broadcasting Authority(IBA). He has
decades of experience in written and video journalism. Ben
Menachem’s path in the media world began as a producer for
Japanese television in the Middle East. After that, he held many key
positions in the media The Israeli: CEO of the Israel Broadcasting
Authority, director of “Kol Israel” Radio, reporter on West Bank and
Gaza Strip affairs, political reporter and commentator, commentator
on Middle East affairs and editor-in-chief and presenter of the
program “Middle East Magazine”. 

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