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Galilean Wolves Jihadist Group Prepares For New Attacks On Israel

Palestinian group with ties to Iran and Hezbollah claims responsibility for recent bombing and plans further operations

Galilean Wolves, A Palestinian Jihadist group based in Syria with ties to Iran and Hezbollah is actively preparing for a new series of attacks inside Israel.

“We are in the midst of preparations for a series of additional operations inside Israel, despite Israel’s warning to Hezbollah, who might go on another adventure.” said Fadi Malach, commander of the “Galilean Wolves” while Speaking from Syria to the Tazpit Press Service (TPS) 

Malach also told TPS that his group was responsible for a roadside bombing at the Megiddo Junction in northern Israel on March 13 which injured an Israeli motorist. The man who planted the bomb was subsequently killed by Israeli soldiers while driving back toward the Lebanese border. Explosives and a weapon were found in the vehicle and the terrorist reportedly wore a suicide bomb belt.

“We are responsible for the Megiddo operation and have been active since 2004 to bring about the liberation of the Galilee, in the first stage,” said Malach.

The organization also took responsibility for the Megiddo operation on March 13, on Telegram channels in which texts and videos were combined under its name. Malach did not offer any new evidence to support his claim. Israel believes Hezbollah was responsible for the attack.

“Unlike Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Galilean Wolves have not been co-opted by Iran,” said Malach

“We are in contact with the Islamic Jihad and the ‘Popular Front’ in Syria, but we do not represent countries like Iran, but only the Palestinian interest,” said Malach. “The Palestinian Authority does not represent the Palestinian people, but only the groups that work against Israel.”

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A portrait of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad looms on a wall as mourners carry the coffins of slain members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command (PFLP-GC) during their funeral upon their repatriation at the Yarmouk camp for Palestinian refugees south of Damascus on June 1, 2023. Arab reports indicate that the Galilean Wolves Jihadist group is loyal to Syrian President Assad (Photo by LOUAI BESHARA / AFP) (Photo by LOUAI BESHARA/AFP via Getty Images)

“The group is loyal to Syrian President Assad, and has participated in numerous battles against Syrian rebels, and receives weapons and training from Iran and Hezbollah. Members of the Wolves are said to be Palestinians from refugee camps in Syria,” said Arab reports 

The group has been linked to attacks such as a shooting rampage at Jerusalem’s Merkaz Rav Kook seminary where eight students were killed and another 11 injured in 2008.

However, some in Israel have expressed skepticism, suggesting that the Galilean Wolves are a fictitious organization assuming responsibility for attacks. Others suggest the Wolves are a new iteration of the Free Sons of the Galilee, an Israeli Arab terror group that claimed responsibility for several attacks inside Israel in 2007-2009.

Produced in association with Jewish News Syndicate

Edited by Judy J. Rotich and Virginia Van Zandt

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