The steps regional leaders will or will not take against the Iranian threat will be the determining factor for the region’s stability in 2018, IDF intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Herzi HaLevy said on Sunday.

IDF Maj. Gen. Herzi HaLevy

IDF Maj. Gen. Herzi HaLevy Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

Iran has become “bolder” in its support for terrorism and its missile development since the signing of the nuclear deal in 2015, IDF Maj. Gen. Herzi HaLevy, the head of Israeli military’s Intelligence Directorate, said on Sunday.

“Iran is using the territories of Syria against Israel in plain sight and in complete contrast to the Syrian interest,” HaLevy said at a convention in Jerusalem. He added that the situation in the region has been slightly more stable since the beginning of 2018, but that it is up to regional leaders to maintain that stability.

“The determining factor in 2018 will be Iran’s activity in the region and – perhaps even more than that – the retaliations to it,” he said.

HaLevy also revealed that Israel shares intelligence with other countries in the region on a regular basis. “We’re letting others know, but not everyone who knows has fully understood, and not everyone who has fully understood has chosen to act.”

Addressing the nearer threats, HaLevy warned that the Gaza Strip is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis. “Hamas is … exploiting the citizens of Gaza by sending them to the fence,” he said. “Hamas must understand that such things will only worsen its condition. Israel will act with great determination to prevent the violation of its sovereignty.”