Iran har levert kinesisk-produserte raketter til Hizbollah, og bestemte trolig når Hizbollah skulle slå til, skriver Haaretz militærkorrespondent Ze’ev Schiff.

Well-placed sources in Israel argue that Iran is behind the decision to attack Israel and that Tehran influenced the timing of the Hezbollah attack in which two soldiers were abducted last Wednesday. Iran is Hezbollah’s main arms supplier, including long-range rockets and missiles of the kind that struck an Israeli destroyer and sunk a Cambodian freighter on Friday night. This in addition to massive transfers of cash.

The arms supply is passing through Syria, and Damascus also extends its support to Hezbollah, though Iran leads the effort against Israel. Intelligence assessments in Israel hold that Iranian officers were responsible and took active part in the launching of missiles against the Israeli warship and the Cambodian freighter. The Chinese-made missile, C-807, has been in the Revolutionary Guards’ arsenal for some years.

The Navy was surprised by the existence of such missiles in the Hezbollah arsenal, and failed to counter the attack. As a result of the IDF’s intensifying operations in Lebanon, Tehran ordered most of its people operating in Lebanon to leave. Some advisers, all members of the Revolutionary Guard remain. These are mainly responsible for instruction in the use of long-range rockets, the operation of Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles and also in planning and combat operations training.

Ifølge Schiff skal Teheran og Hizbollah ha blitt overrasket over det voldsomme israelske angrepet. De ba UNIFil sørge for våpenhvile samme dag soldatene ble tatt.

Tehran’s role is extensive

By Ze’ev Schiff