Iran has invested billions of dollars in Syria and hundreds of millions of dollars in Iraq to expand its influence in the region, Israeli state television reported IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot as saying Tuesday. Lebanon’s Hezbollah allegedly receives between 700 million dollars and 1 billion dollars annually from Iran, the general said.
In exchange, the militant Shia Islamist organisation has agreed to devote 40% of its resources to operations of interest to Iran in Syria and Yemen. Eisenkot claimed Iran also has over 2,000 advisors and experts as well as 10,000 Shia combatants in Syria.
In addition, the country allegedly supports the activities of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza with 100 million dollars a year. Israeli media report that Iranian demonstrators have been shouting slogans against Hezbollah and Hamas during the ongoing anti-government protests in Tehran.