'Israel must be ready for confrontation with Hamas this summer'
Bethan McKernan Beirut . . . . 17/4/2017
The comments came two weeks after Hamas Politburo Chief
Khaled Mashaal stated that Hamas is in an “open war” with Israel.
Israel should get ready for a possible escalation with
Hamas in the summer, according to Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Gallant
"We must be prepared for a confrontation with Hamas this summer," he said,
speaking to Army Radio.
A member of the security cabinet and
a former IDF general, Gallant continued, stating, "This is a sensitive time
and we need to be vigilant in order to prevent it from happening."
The comments came two weeks after Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal said that
Hamas is in an “open war” with Israel.
“We were and we still are in an open war with the criminal enemy,” Mashaal
declared, speaking via video broadcast to a memorial service in Gaza for Mazen
Fuqaha, who was recently assassinated.
In January 2017, an IDF senior military official told Channel 2 that Hamas has
fully replenished the military capability it had lost following 2014's Operation
Protective Edge. The official said that the terror organization has used the
years since the 2014 offensive to work on its tunnels and shore-up its missile
A large part of Hamas's missile stockpile are self-made weapons from inside the
Gaza Strip. The official said the material for making the weapons came through
the Egyptian controlled Rafah border crossing following peace talks between
Hamas and Cairo.
The military assumption, the official noted, is that Hamas is not looking for a
confrontation with Israel in the near future.
Courtesy of: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/hamas-fighting-summer-israel-idf-general-naftali-bennett-palestinian-territory-west-bank-gaza-strip-a7573556.html