“Hizbullah paying for Kassam attacks,” by Herb Keinon and Yaakov Katz for the Jerusalem Post:
Hizbullah is paying Palestinian splinter groups “thousands of dollars” for each Kassam rocket fired at the western Negev, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
According to Israeli intelligence information, Hizbullah is smuggling cash into the Gaza Strip and paying “a number of unknown local splinter groups” for each attack.
Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) sources said the Islamist organization paid several thousand dollars for each attack, with the amount dependent on the number of Israelis killed or wounded.
“We know that Hizbullah is involved in funding terrorist activity in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank,” a security official said.
“Palestinian terrorists get thousands of dollars per attack. Sometimes they are paid before the attack and sometimes they submit a bill to Lebanon afterward and the money gets transferred a short while later.”
According to the officials, while Islamic Jihad was behind most recent rocket attacks – including the one on Tuesday night that critically wounded 14-year-old Adir Basad in Sderot – several splinter terrorists groups are also involved and have received direct funding from Hizbullah.
According to security officials, Islamic Jihad gets the money via its headquarters in Damascus while Fatah’s Tanzim terror group and the Popular Resistance Committees receive payment from Hizbullah in Lebanon.
That’s the same Fatah Israel just allowed Egypt to arm.
All of the money originated in Iran, the officials said.
Government officials said Hamas was not currently involved in firing missiles, but was doing nothing to stop those who were.