War Looms in Gaza – Daniel Nisman
Palestinian extremists are preparing to return Gaza to the limelight of conflict. Just three weeks into 2014, Palestinian militants have fired more than 20 rockets into Israel, compared with roughly 40 total during 2013. On Jan. 16, six rockets were fired at the city of Ashkelon. An Iron Dome anti-missile battery downed five and prevented what would undoubtedly have been a major escalation.
Under the watchful eye of Israeli and Egyptian intelligence, Hamas has made preparations for the next confrontation with Israel. It has test-fired numerous long-range, Gaza-made M-75 rockets, which can reach Tel Aviv’s high-tech centers and Jerusalem’s holy sites. (Wall Street Journal Europe)
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Hamas is preparing itself for the next round of fighting with Israel. It is hiding its rockets under and inside multi-story buildings. It has set up cameras on the top of minarets and water towers to gather intelligence. And it is building advanced underground tunnels costing around a million dollars each. (Ynet News)
A graduation ceremony for a Hamas youth camp in Gaza aired on Al-Aqsa TV [Gaza] on January 16, 2014:
Announcer: We are the vanguard to be joined by Arab and Islamic armies – from Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey, and Egypt, and from every country that turns toward Jerusalem to liberate it.
Camp Graduate: Our message to the Zionist enemy, everywhere and at any time, is this: You shall never enjoy a pleasant life on our beloved homeland. We, the sons of the “Futuwwa” youth camps, will confront you on every hill, in every valley, and on every road. Nothing awaits you here but to be killed.
Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hammad: This generation, Allah willing, will vanquish Israel….Let me congratulate you on your future victory, and on the annihilation of Israel….You will harvest the enemies of Allah in the battle to come.
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya: We shall walk in [the Prophet’s] footsteps in educating the future generation to love death for the sake of Allah as much as our enemies love life. This is the generation that will be qualified for liberation, victory, return, and independence. Woe betide you, oh sons of Zion….This is the generation of stone, the generation of the missile, the generation of tunnels, and the generation of martyrdom operations. (MEMRI)
View the Video (MEMRI)