ISRAEL - The Power of Israeli Intelligence

Arno Froese

With [the] jaw-dropping sharing of a wealth of IDF intelligence about the Iranian drone crew it struck in Lebanon, the power of Israeli intelligence became ever clearer.

Let’s analyze the information put out by the IDF. First, there were three casualties from the strike, two of whom were Hezbollah operatives being trained by Iran’s external intelligence Quds Force: Hassem Yussuf Zabib from Nabatieh in southern Lebanon, born in 1996, and Yasser Ahmed Tzahr from Beleide village, born in 1997.

According to the IDF, the two visited Iran several times this year and went through training to operate unmanned aerial vehicles and explosive drones at the Quds Force base.

Stunningly, there are pictures of the two onboard a flight and near an airplane headed to Iran to take part in some of the training sessions.

According to IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis, the IDF was ordered specifically to strike Aqraba early on Sunday morning after they received intelligence that the attack would happen on Sunday.

From the above released intelligence, which is likely still only part of the full picture, part of the key is that the IDF has been watching these two individuals.

Even when Israeli intelligence pulled off one of its best coups of all time—tracking and capturing the Palestinian Karine A weapons boat through the Indian Ocean and deep into the Red Sea nearly 20 years ago—a huge key was tracking the movements of four or five individuals whom it knew were part of the Palestinians’ smuggling network.

Israel has confirmed through various leaks that dozens of Mossad agents penetrated Iran to pull off its appropriation of Tehran’s secret nuclear file in January 2018.

The intelligence also makes it clear that Israel’s network for tracking these Hezbollah agents was spread out over multiple countries.

All of this highlights that a key to preventing disastrous attacks on Israel is often not merely having an answer once the attack is in motion, but having unmatched intelligence prior to the attack. That would allow for the rug to be pulled out from beneath the feet of the attackers before they have been able to “hit the on-button” for their attack.

There are some good questions to ask about what security information Israel may have compromised by sharing it with the public, and what the motivations for sharing it really was, which could be anything from psychologically beating Iran in public to politics.

But [this] information showed unmistakably once again, that in the arena of Middle East intelligence, Israel is second to none.

-www.jpost.com, 27 August 2019

Arno's commentary

The article in the Jerusalem Post contains more details than what the excerpt says. Does Israel compromise by sharing its security information with the public? The answer is most likely no; instead, it’s deliberate. We have to realize that no other country in the world has accomplished feats like Israel has: the precise bombing of Iraq’s nuclear facility, the Entebbe hostage rescue, and the virtually supernatural outcomes when Israel was in military conflicts with its neighbors. Indeed, Israel’s intelligence service is second to none in the world, and there is more to come.

When following the many reports that come out from Israel and international media reports about Israel, it becomes crystal clear that supernatural interventions on Israel’s behalf are no longer theory, but have become facts. Here we are reminded of Moses’ words at the end of his life: “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them” (Deuteronomy 33:27).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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