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Sunday, March 29, 2009

If this is an 'improvement'....

... imagine what it was like before.

Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin gave the final meeting of the Olmert-Livni-Barak cabinet some statistics on Sunday regarding Hamas-smuggled weaponry and ammunition that has entered Gaza since the end of Operation Cast Lead.
Since Operation Cast Lead ended, Diskin said, 22 tons of dynamite were smuggled into Gaza. Forty-five tons of raw material used to produce dynamite, dozens of rockets, hundreds of mortar shells and anti-aircraft shoulder missiles also made their way to the Strip, he said.
Israel Radio also mentioned anti-tank missiles. Still, Diskin considers this an 'improvement' over the situation before Operation Cast Lead.
Diskin told the cabinet that Egypt was making inroads in its effort to curb arms smuggling through the Gaza-Egypt border, but that Hamas still succeeded in bringing large quantities of weapons into the Strip.

Terror groups in the Gaza Strip were planning to carry out another kidnapping attempt, Diskin warned.

He added that there has been an increase in the efforts of small splinter groups to carry out attacks inside Israel, either by infiltrating through Sinai or by orchestrating local efforts in the West Bank.
Read the whole thing. The Olmert-Livni-Barak government's failure to finish Hamas off while it had the chance will unfortunately come back to haunt us.


At 9:22 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Bibi promised voters he would finish the job the Kadima government didn't do and Israel at some point will have to remove Hamas from power. That job's going to be made easier if Iran can somehow be dealt a major blow. Quite simply put, leaving Hamastan in place is not a recipe for Israel's long-term security in the South.

The situation is somewhat better than before Operation Cast Lead but Hamas is seeking to rebuild its capabilities and even that which Yuval Diskin of spoke will be bound to vanish at some point down the road.


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