The officials and terror leaders said Iran has in recent days been funneling money to Palestinian terror groups in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to compensate for the loss of loyalty of other Palestinian terror groups receiving funds from competing sources.
The Palestinian security officials said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah organization, in coordination with Israel-based U.S. security coordinators, has stepped up payments to Fatah militias and cells of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group on condition the militias and Brigades members cut contact with Iran and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia.
"Iran is making contingency plans for war,"said a security official.
Earlier this month, the Israeli Defense Forces warned Iran, Syria and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia are preparing for a U.S.-led war this summer.
"Their preparation is defensive ahead of war. ... They fear a war initiated by the Americans because they understand that there might be an attack against Iran over the summer, but not by Israel,"IDF Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin told the Knesset.
Yadlin said Iran and Syria believe a war this summer will be initiated by the U.S. and that Israel will be involved. He said Israel has been monitoring Iranian fortification of Tehran's military positions; Syrian military movements and indications of war preparation with the help of Iran; and the large-scale smuggling of Iranian-supplied weapons to Hezbollah.
Yadlin noted the war preparations are defensive. He said Israel doesn't expect Iran or Syria to start a confrontation. The military intelligence chief, though, said he feared hostilities could break out even without a U.S.-led strike because of "the involvement of many players."