IDF Missile Strike Spokesperson: Iran had “hands-on involvement in the field”

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The international spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Jonathan Conricus, argued at “Fox and Friends Weekend” on Sunday that none of the recent acts of violence in the Middle East would have been possible without Iranian knowledge, funding, expertise and practical participation on the ground. “”

“It is very clear that Iranian fingerprints in terms of money, knowledge, personnel and energy can be found everywhere,” Conricus told host Pete Hegseth.

He added: “When the world’s major countries are considering negotiating with Iran, people need to remember that [that] The Iranians are the number one exporter of instability, terror, death and destruction in the Middle East, and as such they should be addressed and held accountable. “

Israel announced late last week that it had reached a ceasefire agreement with Hamas that ended the 11 days of fighting in which Hamas fired thousands of rockets at Israeli civilian targets, which Israel responded with air strikes.

“Iranian specialists, engineers and people who deal with missile technology and explosives have taught Hamas engineers how to make missiles and how to make their own weapons,” argued Conricus on Sunday. “Had it not been for this very specific and detailed Iranian intervention, we would not have been in the situation now.”

He also stated that the IDF was focused on “worsening those capabilities, both in terms of the locations where they produce the weapons that produce the missiles and in terms of the key personnel, the terrorists, the engineers who are behind.” all these missiles standing were fired all over Israel. ”

A United Nations spokesman for Iran did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Hundreds of Hamas fighters swung through the streets of Gaza with assault rifles on Saturday to defiantly claim victory on the first full day of a ceasefire agreement with Israel. Conricus called it “no surprise”.

“We knew from the first day of the fight that no matter how hard we hit Hamas, in the end, like all terrorists, they would declare victory, but I don’t think that’s how they feel today,” said Conricus Hegseth .

“I think there is probably a lot of reckoning, a lot of different checks that Hamas, its seniors, have to do because they are coming out of the tunnels they were hiding in during those eleven days of struggle and they are hitting civilians They, for whom they are responsible, now see the scale of the destruction of their military infrastructure and face civilian anger over what happened to Gaza and what they, Hamas leaders, brought through Gaza first Time since 2008. ”

He added: “I think as the days go by we shall see what kind of damage and how many military casualties Hamas and the other terrorists have suffered, and we estimate it is not an insignificant number, we are talking about a lot of the dead Terrorists. ”

The fighting resulted in more than 200 deaths, mostly in Gaza.

Palestinian officials estimate that reconstruction will cost tens of millions of dollarsReuters reportedEconomists said the fighting could have hampered Israel’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is not clear how long the truce could last. Both sides say they will only “hold fire” as long as the other side. Israel’s offensive and defensive capacity is still in solid shape. And Hamas reportedly still boasts thousands of missiles in its now-battered arsenals in the Gaza Strip.

Conricus from Tel Aviv had the following message to the Americans on Sunday: “Do not reward Hamas with a price. Do not confuse yourself with what happened on the ground, who started it, and do not forget which country has a democracy is which country is fighting an evil jihadist terrorist organization and don’t forget who deliberately shoots civilians, all these bad things are done by Hamas. “

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“We defend ourselves,” emphasized Conricus. “We are using the latest and greatest in American weapons and are very pleased with our ability to target these terrorists.”

Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.



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