Archive for the ‘Shin Bet’ Category

Shots From Syria Into Israel Sunday

January 11, 2009

Gunshots were fired from Syria at a car in the North on Sunday evening, the second incident of cross-border violence since the start of Operation Cast lead a little over two weeks ago.

From The Jerusalem Post

The IDF said the car was carrying civilians and no one was hurt, though the vehicle suffered some damage. The shots were seemingly aimed at Israeli soldiers doing engineering work along the border.

The army assessed that the Syrian army was not involved in the incident. More likely, it believes Palestinian terrorists fired the shots to protest Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip and cause tensions on a second front.

Shortly after the incident, Israel filed a complaint with UNDOF, the UN observer agency in Syria.

In another cross-border attack last Thursday, two people in a retirement village were lightly wounded when three Katyusha rockets slammed into the northern city of Nahariya. Shortly after the rocket strikes, Hizbullah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said that his organization had no part in the attack.

At the cabinet meeting on Sunday, Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin warned ministers that while Syria and Hizbullah had so far refrained from entering the fight and launching attacks on Israel while it was distracted with its operation in the Gaza Strip, Iran was working hard to push them into action.

Yaakov Katz and AP contributed to this report.


Hamas Bloodied; Not Yet Ready To Quit

January 11, 2009

Two of Israel‘s top defense officials say Hamas has been badly hurt by Israel’s Gaza offensive but that the group will fight on.

Military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin told the Israeli Cabinet Sunday that the group’s ability to fight has been damaged by the devastating assault Israel launched Dec. 27. He says Hamas is suffering from ammunition shortages and has been hard hit by the deaths of senior militants.

But Yadlin says the group “is not expected to raise a white flag.”

Shin Bet security service chief Yuval Diskin told the Cabinet that many Gazans are furious with Hamas for “bringing a disaster on Gaza.”

The officials’ comments Sunday were relayed to the press by Israel’s Cabinet secretary.

— Associated Press

Hamas Nearing Agreement on Cease Fire

January 4, 2009

Head of the Shin Bet General Security Services Yuval Diskin told a cabinet meeting Sunday that Hamas had eased its demands on a cease-fire with Israel, nine days after a IDF operation in Gaza began.

“There are signs that Hamas has softened their stance towards the conditions of a cease fire,” Diskin said.

From Haaretz

Head of IDF Military Intelligence General Amos Yadlin also addressed the meeting and gave an assessment of the Gaza operation’s progress.

“The organization [Hamas] took a serious blow, we killed hundreds of terrorists and damaged their ability to build weaponry,” Yadlin said.

Yadlin also addressed the standing of Hamas in the Palestinian populace and throughout the world, saying that serious criticism of the organization is on the rise.

“Hamas has made itself an object of hatred in the world and the region, casting themselves amongst the lepers of the world, with Iran and Syria,” Yadlin said.

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Israel Kills Third Hamas Leader: Assassination Inc.?

January 3, 2009

Israel early Saturday morning killed the third top Hamas leader in Gaza since the start of its military offensive in the Strip a week ago.

Abu Zakaria al-Jamal, a commander of the Hamas armed wing, died of wounds sustained in an air strike overnight.

On Saturday morning, Israel Radio quoted a spokesman for the Hamas military wing as saying it had repelled an attempt by Israel Defense Forces soldiers to infiltrate the Shajaiyeh section of Gaza City.

A Palestinian man shouts at the scene of an Israeli air strike ... 
Palestinian man shouts at the scene of an Israeli air strike on the home of senior Hamas leader Nizar Rayyan in Gaza, January 1, 2009.(Suhaib Salem/Reuters)

According to Israel Radio, Hamas said that its militants detected the soldiers and fired six mortar shells. Hamas said the soldiers reportedly opened fire and then returned to Israeli territory.

Killed, Beheaded In Air Attack, Hamas Leader Who Boasted of Victory Over Israel, Family, Killed

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By Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters

GAZA (Reuters) – An Israeli air strike killed a senior commander of Hamas‘s armed wing on Saturday while the Islamist group’s leader warned the Israeli army, currently massing on the border, would be defeated if it invaded Gaza.

A week after Israel launched devastating air strikes against the Palestinian enclave with the declared aim of ending Hamas rocket attacks on its southern towns, an end to hostilities remains elusive despite international diplomatic efforts.

The overnight air strike in Gaza killed Abu Zakaria al-Jamal, a senior leader of Hamas’s armed wing, the Islamist group said. The Israeli army said only that it carried out a series of air attacks throughout the night.

On Thursday, an Israeli air strike killed another…

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