9 May 2023

Discussing Operation Shield and Arrow against Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza, Prime Minister Netanyahu insisted that “95 per cent of Israel’s security problems come from Iran. We are dealing with an attempt by Iran to start a multi-front campaign against us. I instructed the IDF and security forces to be prepared for this fight… If we need to, we will”. During the same event, the head of Shin Bet contended that PIJ was “fully funded by Iran”, adding: “The hands are Palestinian, but the voice is Iran’s… We won’t let Iran work via proxies”.

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