Hezbollah, like other terrorist organizations, including ISIS, has adopted the Internet and social networks to recruit terrorist squads. Its terrorist activities in Israel are part of Iran’s overall policy, using proxies, such as Hezbollah and the Palestinian terrorist organizations.

Hezbollah handled a Palestinian terror squad in Tulkarm

 

Copyright: Israel Security Agency

(Meir Amit Intellitence and Terrorism Information Center)

In January 2016, the Israel Security Agency announced that it exposed a five-man terrorist squad in Tulkarm that planned to carry out terrorist attacks in Israel, including a shooting attack. The squad was headed by Muhammad Zaghloul, a Palestinian from Tulkarm, and handled by Hezbollah in Lebanon. During the past year, the operatives were involved in throwing and Molotov cocktails at Israeli security forces. None of them belonged to a Palestinian terrorist organization. Two of them also served sentences in Israeli jails.

The members of the terror squad were handled by Hezbollah’s Unit 133, which has tried to establish terrorist networks among the Palestinians in the past, but so far without success. The head of the squad, Muhammad Zaghloul, was recruited via the Internet by Jawad Nasrallah, son of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, and handled by a Hezbollah operative in Lebanon, aka Fadi. Muhammad Zaghloul was asked to open an email account and the two used it to communicate. He was also asked to recruit other operatives for a squad and gather information about various targets in preparation for terrorist attacks. They received money to purchase weapons.

Hezbollah, like other terrorist organizations, including ISIS, has adopted the Internet and social networks to recruit terrorist squads. Thus Hezbollah can overcome the distance between handlers in Lebanon and terrorist squads recruited in the Palestinian Authority (PA) and handle them covertly, keeping a low signature.

Hezbollah’s terrorist activities in Israel, Judea and Samaria are part of Iran’s overall policy towards Israel. To implement its policy, Iran uses proxies, such as Hezbollah and the Palestinian terrorist organizations.

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