Israeli Government Seizes Millions in Cryptocurrency Linked to Enemy Groups.
In a recent report by the Associated Press, the Israeli government has successfully confiscated cryptocurrency worth millions of dollars from accounts believed to be associated with the financing of two enemy groups. Yoav Gallant, the Israeli Defense Minister, authorized the seizure of cryptocurrency wallets and the transfer of substantial digital assets to the Israeli government.
According to the report, these wallets were allegedly connected to financial schemes linked to the Hezbollah militant group and the Iranian paramilitary Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force, both of which have sworn to destroy Israel. The operation involved various Israeli agencies, including the Mossad spy agency, Israeli military intelligence, and the Israeli police.
Minister Gallant emphasized the significance of this operation, stating, “This is the first incident of this magnitude. We have effectively cut off the flow of terror funds via this channel.” He further claimed that both Hezbollah and the Quds Force rely on cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC) for financing their military operations, exploiting the challenges in tracking fund flows.
However, the report highlights that Israeli authorities have developed effective means to identify individuals involved in blockchain transactions. Minister Gallant’s intention is to send a clear warning to anyone supporting terrorism that they will be held accountable. As designated terrorist organizations by the United States and other governments, Hezbollah and the Quds Force face restrictions in using the traditional global financial system.
By targeting their cryptocurrency assets, Israel aims to disrupt the illicit financing activities of these enemy groups. The successful seizure not only denies them access to substantial funds but also demonstrates Israel’s commitment to combating terrorism and safeguarding its national security.
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