Photo: Kevin Tierney
Nathan Sales US counterterror coordinator
Photo: Kevin Tierney

US counterterror expert visits Gaza border area; blames Iran for regional security situation

'We know what the Iranians are capable of", Nathan Sales tells Israeli counterparts, expresses 'amazement' at Hamas investment in terror activity

US Coordinator for counterterrorism, Nathan Sales visiting Israel said the key to security in the region lies in Tehran.



Following President Donald Trump's designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as an international terror organization, they have become "'radioactive", Sales said. He added, 'anyone doing business with them will be suspected of funding terror', thereby dealing the organization a massive blow.


Nathan Sales (צילום: Kevin Tierney)
Nathan Sales (צילום: Kevin Tierney)


'We know what the Iranians are capable of", Sales said, expressing the hope that countries considering conducting business with the Islamic republic, will decide against it.


Nathan Sales visits Gaza border area (Photo: Kevin Tierney)
Nathan Sales visits Gaza border area (Photo: Kevin Tierney)


On a visit to Israel's south, Sales was briefed on the current threats Israel is facing from the Gaza Strip. "I was amazed at the resources Hamas is investing in terror activity against Israel," Sales said, noting these are at the expense of investments in health, education and housing all needed to improve civilian lives.


Israeli officials also briefed the US envoy on the presence of ISIS in the Sinai which is a source of concern for the US as well as Israel. "ISIS in the Sinai is a threat to Egypt the region and beyond" Sales said and warned of a danger to Israel if violence spills over.


Regarding the "deal of the century" expected to be presented by President Trump to both Israel and the Palestinians, Sales said the US is taking protective measures in case of active opposition by the Palestinian Authority.


פרסום ראשון: 04.16.19, 12:27
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