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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hamas warned of 'devastating response' if another soldier is kidnapped

For a long time now, Hamas has been threatening to kidnap more IDF soldiers (and Israeli civilians) as bargaining chips for the release of terrorists from Israeli jails. The 'Palestinian' news service Maan reports that the IDF has warned Hamas that any further kidnappings of soldiers will provoke a response 'more devastating than Operation Cast Lead.'
If Hamas captures another Israeli soldier, Israel's response will be more devastating than Operation Cast Lead, an army official reportedly warned Sunday.

In a statement distributed so several Israeli newspapers, the officer, whose name was not released for reasons that were not immediately clear, said Hamas wanted to capture more soldiers.

"I see less an initiated attempt by Hamas to escalate the situation," he reportedly said, "but if they see that they have a chance to get hold of a strategic asset, through a kidnapping, they will do it."
Given the totally 'devastating' manner in which the IDF has responded to Gilad Shalit's capture more than four years ago, I'm sure this threat just has Hamas quaking in their boots.


At 10:52 AM, Blogger NormanF said...


And given the Prime Minister's announcement the Shalit talks have been restarted, Hamas is waiting to see exactly what price Israel will pay to bring him home.

What could go wrong indeed

At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JPost is reporting that he's willing to give them Bargouti.

At 6:58 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

I think at this point, let's assume Israel is now willing to pay any price to get Shalit freed.

Hamas is going to be more impressed by the sight of a craven Israeli dhimmi surrender than its going to be cowed by a future Israeli threat of retaliation for a future kidnapping.

Why wouldn't Israel capitulate again then?

What could go wrong indeed indeed


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