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Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard watch a missile launch in July 2012. (AP)

Tel Aviv – In an unprecedented statement, head of Israeli military intelligence Herzl Halevi announced that Lebanon’s “Hezbollah” has developed its military capabilities along Israel’s northern neighbor with the help of Iranian technology and industry.

The party is now capable of manufacturing weapons itself in both Lebanon and Yemen thanks to Iran’s great expertise in this field, he added.

He made his remarks at a national security conference in the Israeli city of Herzliya.

He explained that Iran has also set up weapons manufacturing factoring in Iraq, but it is relying on “Hezbollah” to produce arms in Lebanon and Yemen. Tehran is supplying the party with the necessary funds, raw material and technology.

Iran, “Hezbollah” and Syria are now the main threat in the entire region and the main threat against Israel as well. Iran’s danger is not limited to its nuclear capabilities, but it is dangerous due to its influence in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, stressed Halevi.

Even though the nuclear deal that Iran struck with the West prevents it from making certain types of weapons, it does have the ability to manufacture others.

The Israeli official demonstrated Iran’s threat, by noting its “Zalzal” missile, whose range allows it to reach 20 countries in the region and beyond.

Halevi noted however that the chances of a military escalation taking place are “still weak.”

“Our enemies who are seeking to destroy Israel will cause a war to be declared against them. These days, wars start and finish in different ways. Wars against organization do not start with a decision, but they begin with a gradual deterioration of ties,” he said, adding that these wars do not end with a clear decisive military victory.

The people of the Middle East make up 5 percent of the world population, but they constitute 30 percent of the victims of terror and 60 percent of global refugees, said the Israeli military intelligence chief.