A senior Israeli security official has stated that the Israeli intelligence community is monitoring the construction of a factory in Lebanon, which may be an Iranian missile development center. Intelligence officials believe that Tehran and Hezbollah decided to establish the factory in light of Israel’s successful attacks that prevented the transfer of arms from Syria to the terrorist organization in southern Lebanon.
A Hezbollah missile Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
A senior Israeli security official claimed Wednesday that in recent months, Israel has been closely monitoring Iran’s plans to build a missile factory in Lebanon. The senior official said that the Iranians and Hezbollah have been working on the project in the wake of Israel’s effective counterterrorism missions along the Syrian-Lebanese border.
Yesterday, JOL reported that images released by imageSat, which operates Israel’s EROS-B satellite, exposed for the first time that a Scud missile factory is under construction in Syria. Image analysis indicates that the growing factory near the Syrian coast resembles the construction of the Iranian missile plant in Tehran.
The factory appears to have underground weapons storage capabilities and is located in Wadi Jahannam, near the northern Syrian coastal city of Baniyas. Based on the images, construction of the advanced weapons manufacturing plant began last year and will most likely continue until the end of this year.
Israeli intelligence analysts argue that the factory’s construction technique, which is almost identical to the construction method for similar factories in Iran, suggests that Iranian experts are seriously involved in the construction.
The recent reports about the factories reinforce Mossad chief Yossi Cohen’s claims that Iran and its proxy forces are in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen. During a meeting with Israel’s ministers on Sunday, Cohen stressed that the main process taking place in the Middle East these days is Iran’s expansion via its forces and the local militias. “In the places where ISIS’ presence is decreasing, Iran is operating to fill the void,” he said.
Cohen added that Iran has not abandoned its nuclear aspiration and that the agreement between the West and Iran has only increased its hopes and strengthened the Iranian aggression in the region. “Since the signing of the agreement, Iran has experienced economic growth and the new international deals are only strengthening its economy,” he added.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to these statements by saying that they serve as proof that the nuclear agreement with Iran was a mistake from the very beginning. “Israel is not committed in any way to the international agreements that Iran has signed,” he clarified. “Israel will continue to act with determination and in various ways to protect itself from these threats.”