Al Qods commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani, acting on the orders of Iran's supreme
leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, this week set up a new Iranian command to fight
Israel, debkafile reports exclusively from its military and intelligence
It has been dubbed the Eastern Command of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.The
Al Qods Brigades, which are the external terrorist arm of the Guards, are
organized according to sectors, with commands for Hizballah, the Palestinians,
Syria, Iraq and the Gulf.
Their newest sector is the Eastern Command which, our sources report has been
assigned as its first task to start handing out weapons, including missiles, to
any Palestinian West Bank group willing to receive them. Tehran's object is to
transform the West Bank into a territory hostile to Israel on the model of
southern Lebanon which is ruled by the armed Hizballah and the Gaza Strip under
the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists.
In the first week of August, Tehran published a book of 416 pages written by Ali
Khamenei entitled "Palestine." The cover image was labeled "The flagbearer of
Jihad to liberate Jerusalem."
The volume was released to Western sources, who reported that the most
constantly recurring phrases in the text in relation to Israel are "nabudi" -
meaning annihilation; imha - meaning disappearing or fading out; and "zaval"
Khamenei asserts that Israel must be destroyed because it captured Islam's third
most sacred city and is the foremost ally of "Big Satan" - America.
The Iranian leader goes into detail about exactly how Israel should be
annihilated - not by "classical wars" or "massacres of the Jews" but by means of
a "long period of low-intensity warfare designed to make life impossible for a
majority of Israeli Jews."
When he visited Beirut on Aug. 12, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Zavad Zarif
said it was necessary after the nuclear deal, to "confront the challenges of the
region, the most important of which is the Zionist and extremist regime."
Members of the Obama administration wave away these disclosures of Iranian
intent as no more than letting off steam to pacify the hard-line opponents of
the nuclear deal - US Secretary of State John Kerry said on July 24: "I also
told them that their chants of Death to American and so forth are neither
helpful and they're pretty stupid."
But in Iran, the supreme leader's words are treated as decrees demanding
obedience. Indeed, at the first conference of the new Eastern Command, Gen.
Soleimani read out passages from Khamenei's book and told the officers that they
were under orders to carry those decrees out to the letter.
Attesting to the seriousness of Iran's intent, Jmail Majdalani, PLO executive
committee member and personal representative of Mahmoud Abbas, chairman of the
Palestinian Authority on the West Bank, has arrived in Tehran. He is there to
arrange his boss's first visit in many years to the Iranian capital.