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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The Godfather

We now know why the Mossad had Dirar Abu Sesi arrested in the Ukraine and hustled back to Israel. No, it wasn't because of things he knew about Gilad Shalit, although that may also be true. Dirar Abu Sesi is the Godfather of Hamas' rocket industry.
According to the indictment, Abu Sisi received his doctorate at the Kharkov Military Engineering Academy and studied under Prof. Konstantin Petrovich, an expert in Scud missile control systems.

During his studies, Abu Sisi acquired extensive knowledge in missile development, control systems, propulsion and rocket stabilization.

After returning to the Gaza Strip and parallel to his work as an engineer for the Gaza electric company, Abu Sisi was secretly recruited into Hamas by the military commander of the terrorist organization at the time, Salah Shehadeh, and began working as one of their leading engineers for short- and long-range missiles.

Abu Sisi not only developed missiles in Gaza but was also, according to the charge sheet, responsible for upgrading thousands of older rockets and increasing their range and penetration capabilities.

According to the indictment, which was filed on Monday in the Beersheba District Court, Abu Sisi was charged with membership in a terrorist organization, conspiracy to commit a crime, the production of illegal weaponry, assistance to an illegal organization, and a variety of other crimes.

During his interrogation, officials said, Abu Sisi provided valuable intelligence information on Hamas’s military wing, its different branches and the decision-making process within the terror group.
Read the whole thing.

Abu Sesi was a key cog in turning Hamas from a terrorist organization into a military force.
Monday’s indictment against Abu Sisi is also unique. First, it is longer than most indictments filed in Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) investigations and goes into extreme detail – such as the exact number of centimeters of armor the anti-tank missiles he developed can penetrate – as if the prosecution or the Shin Bet felt like it needed to justify the saga behind his arrest.

Second, it provides unprecedented insight into the Hamas military wing and how it has turned into a military one would expect to see in a country – not just with brigades, battalions and special forces, but also with an in-house defense industry.

Hamas’s interest in establishing a Gaza-based weapons production capability is likely a sign of the organization’s ultimate desire to become independent one day of its patrons in Tehran and Damascus. It could also be a sign of Hamas concern that one day Israel, Egypt and the rest of the world will begin to take more effective steps to prevent arms smuggling to Gaza, meaning that its supply from Iran will slow down.

It is unclear what effect the removal of Abu Sisi from Gaza will have on Hamas and its military capabilities. Was he working on developing a new weapon for Hamas? Has he already trained replacements and successors? In addition, was this history of his – as revealed in the indictment – enough to justify an operation to capture Abu Sisi in Ukraine, as foreign reports suggest Israel did? This might have been the case. Many of the details surrounding him and his arrest are still banned for publication.
What I am wondering is why we didn't just treat him like Hamas' previous engineer, Yihye Ayash.

Let's go to the videotape.

Maybe Abu Sesi has some valuable intelligence information after all. By the way, Hamas wasn't the only one who mourned Ayash's death. So did Yasser Arafat.

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At 9:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Non-occupation of Gaza as policy following the unilateral disengagement and Hamas takeover is de facto semi-recognition of a) the possibility of Hamas-Fatah entente and b) the continued independence of Hamastan absent such an entente--notwithstanding varying degrees of embargo on that entity and periodic incursions between cease-fires.

Assume attempts at weapon smuggling. Assume home grown efforts to provide armaments.

At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

im begging you carl...talk to your mk

have someone move to end the majority of gag orders

this story has turned capo dickie silverstein into some sort of hero to the leftists...the jewish version of julian assange

they even did a piece on him on channel 10...fine, it was semi mocking...but the guy still got his name around

israel is not a totalitarian state...as a result, these gag orders are a joke, and lead to leaking

the leaks cause absurd rumors to be spread....making israel look bad

if you are gonna arrest someone on foreign soil, rendition him back to israel...then let him use the phone and call his entire family...and an atty...what is the point of a gag order?

in the age of tweets, facebook and blogs..it doesnt work

so what happened...his side of the story got out first

how doest that help?

At 6:39 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


I wish I had an MK. That's the problem. I don't. I have a party. The party has an MK. I am nothing in the party - not even a member of its several thousand-strong central committee. The MK's are beholden to the party. Not to me.


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