Iran was kept abreast of Hizbullah's efforts to collect information on IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, former Arab Department head in the Shin Bet security agency, Perry Golan, said Thursday during a conference on national security held by the Center for Strategic Dialogue in the Netanya Academic College.
Hizbullah, Golan said, was subservient to Iran and it was probable that recruiting the Israeli Arab who was trying to gather intelligence on Ashkenazi was done in coordination with Teheran. Hizbullah, Golan went on to say, was constantly trying to recruit Israeli Arabs to gain knowledge on Israel from within, and had doubled such efforts since the assassination of Hizbullah terror mastermind Imad Mughniyeh, which the organization attributes to Israel.
Moving on to global issues, Golan said US President Barack Obama and other Western leaders erroneously estimated that a compromise with extremist Islam could be reached. Golan cited Iran and al Qaida as examples.
"Their ideology is not up for discussion. They believe they work according to the will of God and no one compromises on that," he said. Golan also warned that the second generation of European Muslims had a stronger Islamic identity, citing the Internet as one of the reasons for this.