Tag: Hamas

Israeli defense official rules out war with Hamas

Amos Gilad, the director of the Political-Military Affairs Bureau at Israels Defense Ministry, on Wednesday ruled out the possibility that Hamas would start another war with Israel in the foreseeable future. Speaking at a conference at Hebrew University which dealt with the economic aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Gilad estimated that a war will not […]

Report: Hamas taps over 1,000 terror operatives to dig Gaza tunnels

Hamas employs more than 1,000 operatives to excavate underground tunnels in the Gaza Strip, Israel Radio reported Thursday.   According to the report, the terrorist organization invests hundreds of thousands of dollars each month in the digging activities, paying each operative engaged in the process some 300 to 400 dollars a month.   Hamas also […]

Hamas Wants Better Ties With Egypt, But Faces Demand That it Sever Links With Muslim Brotherhood First

A 12-strong Hamas delegation traveled to Cairo this week in an attempt to improve the Palestinian group’s fractured relations with the Egyptian government, but faces demands that it sever ties with the Islamist group that spawned it – the Muslim Brotherhood.   The visit by the Gaza-based militants came in a response to a public statement by […]

Hamas chief: Palestinians don’t seek war, but will fight to end occupation

top Hamas leader told French television on Tuesday that while the Palestinian Islamist group “is not aiming for war,” it will continue to “fight for freedom out of a desire to rid [our nation] of the occupation.”Khaled Mashaal, the political bureau chief of the organization ruling the Gaza Strip, was quoted as saying that the […]

Palestinian official: Israel and Hamas both hoping for chaos in West Bank

A senior Palestinian official said Monday that Israel and Hamas have a common hope to cause chaos and anarchy in the Palestinian Authority.   “Israel’s goal is Hamas’s goal,” claimed Gen. Adnan Damiri, spokesman for the Fatah-dominated PA security forces in the West Bank.   Damiri’s comments, in an interview with The Jerusalem Post’s sister […]

US Catholic Bishops launch National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue, partnering with groups linked to Hamas and MB

“The current regional Catholic-Muslim dialogues are the Mid-Atlantic (partnering with the Islamic Circle of North America), Midwest (partnering with the Islamic Society of North America) and West Coast (partnering with the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California and the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County). Each is co-chaired by a bishop and a Muslim leader […]

Hamas and Fatah make yet another try at reconciliation

Hamas and Fatah representatives were scheduled to begin talks in Doha, Qatar, on Sunday in yet another bid to end their dispute and implement previous reconciliation agreements signed between the two sides.   On the eve of the talks, both Hamas and Fatah expressed cautious optimism regarding the prospects of reaching a deal that would […]

Gaza staying out of current ‘intifada,’ Hamas claims

He also confirmed that an exchange of messages had taken place between the two sides, as reported by The Times of Israel on Friday.   The messages were conveyed through Turkey and Qatar, among other countries.   Security officials told the Ynet news site that Israeli security officials were concerned that rising tensions, on both […]

Gaza: Hamas-ISIS ties tighten

Israel’s intelligence community has found that the Hamas terrorist organization and Islamic State (ISIS) intensified their mutual cooperation in the year 2015 – so reports Middle East Newsline (MENL).   According to the Israeli intelligence sources, the two terrorist movements share intelligence, weapons shipments, logistics and medical services.   For instance, ISIS frequently works with […]

Benjamin Netanyahu to Hamas: Israel will strike with ‘greater force’ than 2014 war if attacked from tunnels

Israel will respond more forcefully than it did during 2014’s Operation protective Edge it it is attacked from the Gaza Strip’s terror tunnels, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.   Netanyahu, speaking to the annual meeting of Israel’s ambassadors and consul-general, related to the recent Hamas threats and boasts about those tunnels.   “If we […]