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Israel’s defense chief warns of multi-front war, says Iran 'driving force'

According to the Israeli Defense Ministry's data, Hezbollah received $700 million from Iran last year as well as “knowledge and strategic weaponry” such as precision-guided munitions.
An Israeli soldier walks on the turret of a Merkava Mark IV battle tank stationed at a position along Israel's northern border with Lebanon in the vicinity of the village of Shtula on April 6, 2023. - The Israeli army said it intercepted rocket fire from Lebanon on April 6 after clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians inside Islam's third-holiest site drew warnings of retaliation from around the region. (Photo by Oren ZIV / AFP) (Photo by OREN ZIV/AFP via Getty Images)

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant warned on Thursday that the IDF must prepare for a multi-front war in which Israel faces many serious security threats at the same time involving Iran's proxies in the Middle East.

Briefing reporters, Gallant said that "the era of limited conflicts" is over. He saw Israel as facing a new security era with possible threats to all arenas simultaneously. "We operated for years under the assumption that limited conflicts could be managed, but that is a phenomenon that is disappearing. Today, there is a noticeable phenomenon of the convergence of the arenas.” 

Gallant said that Iran is the force driving this new phenomenon of anti-Israel fronts coming together, stating,  “Iran is the driving force in the convergence of the arenas. It transfers resources, ideology, knowledge and training to its proxies.” 

The defense minister was referring to Palestinian militant groups operating in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon,  Lebanon-based Hezbollah and  other Iran-backed militias across the region.

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