Intelligence chief: Terror groups planning |
Independence Day attack
Major-General Amos Yadlin briefs cabinet on situation in Gaza Strip, warns Palestinian
terror organizations may try to carry out mass-casualty attack during Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations
15:50 , 04.29.08
Military Intelligence Chief Major-General Amos Yadlin warned the
cabinet Tuesday of terror organizations seeking to carry out a major
terror attack during Independence Day.
The Israel Defense Forces, he said, "has intelligence indicating
terrorists might try to mimic the Passover attack, including the possible
abductions of IDF soldiers."
On the eve of the holiday, a Palestinian terror cell detonated a car
bomb near the Kerem Shalom crossing, in a failed infiltration attempt. Thirteen IDF soldiers were
wounded in the attack.
Yadlin briefed the cabinet on the situation in the Gaza Strip at the
request of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Hamas, he told the ministers "wants to
break the blockade on Gaza and since Egypt is determined to stop that from happening on its
side, Hamas will try to carry out another attack similar to
the one on Kerem Shalom."
The terror groups, he stressed, are likely to target the Gaza
crossings: "It's an operational opportunity for them to hurt both soldiers
and civilians… They'll target everything they can along the Hubers Route,
including digging tunnels, laying explosives and carrying out shooting
The Hubers Route runs along Israel's security fence with the Gaza
Strip, from the Mediterranean to the Philadelphi Route; and includes Israel's four major crossings with the Strip – the
Erez crossing in its north, the Sufa and Karni crossings in its central
and Kerem Shalom in its south.
Yadlin went on to say that "Hamas is not interested in any kind of truce. As far as they are concerned a hudna last five
to 10 years, but they are asking much more for it than the moderate
Palestinians are asking for a peace treaty."
Hamas is lacking dominant leadership, he added, and while "the
political wing leads and the military wing does as it's told, the
leadership per se is weak…
"(Hamas politburo chief) Khaled Mashaal said so himself – 'We need the
time to regroup' – and even if Egypt and Hamas come to some sort of an
understanding, they still need the approval of the Palestinian factions in
Original article: Ynet News
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