Israel is trying its best to dredge up a new version of the discredited 'axis of evil' line used by the Bush administration to justify its war on Iraq. Iran is now meant to have military officers in Gaza, and 'terror' groups are proliferating in the Sinai. So influential are the Iranians that they are able to get Palestinian fighters to fire their rockets on command. Of course the rockets were actually being fired in retaliation against Israeli airstrikes. And as for military experts, Israel has quite a few of them from the US who have been teaching its army personnel how to use anti-missile missiles, among other things.
Iranian military experts are active in the Gaza Strip and in Sinai, according to a high-ranking official in Jerusalem. The official said the Iranians entered the areas via Sudan and Egypt, and added that some of the rocket-launching systems in Gaza were manufactured under Iranian supervision.
The senior source also claimed that Islamic Jihad continued to fire rockets at Israel even after the recent cease-fire was announced because the Iranians pressured that organization, and the popular resistance groups, to continue acting against Israel.
Israel has agreed to all requests by Egypt to step up its own army's activity in the Sinai desert, but the official said no significant military operations have been carried out recently.
Several terror groups are now at large in Sinai, the source explained: local Bedouin, who are adopting the ideology of the Global Jihad; groups supported by Iran, who are trying to recruit and train militants not only in Sinai but throughout Egypt; and Palestinian organizations. more