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April 29, 2015 1:29 pm

Hamas Leader Mashaal Purportedly Nixed Large-Scale Terror Attack on Israel

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Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal reportedly nixed a terrorist attack against Israel over fears of a severe Israeli response. Photo: Trango via Wikimedia Commons. – Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal purportedly nixed a large-scale terror attack on Israel during the early days of Operation Protective Edge last summer.

According to a report by Israel’s Army Radio, the massive operation—which was planned by Hamas terror commander Mohammed Deif—planned to infiltrate Israel through terror tunnels, target the Israeli kibbutz of Kerem Shalom along the Gaza border, murder a number of civilians, and take others hostage. But the terror operation was nixed by Mashaal over fears of a severe Israeli response, according to the report.

Meanwhile, Israeli intelligence reportedly confirmed that Deif is alive and well, surviving an Israeli strike on his home in Gaza last August that killed his wife and two children. Deif has survived numerous assassination attempts by Israel over the years.

“The fact that the occupation confirmed that the general commander of the Al-Qassam Brigades (Deif) is alive and engaged in the missions of his commander is proof of Israeli intelligence’s failure to reach senior Palestinians,” Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh said, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Israeli intelligence also cited a growing division between Mashaal, who handles the “political wing” of Hamas, and Deif, who handles the military side, saying that Deif has been attempting to restore the Palestinian terror group’s ties with Iran, while Mashaal favors stronger ties with Saudi Arabia.

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  • shloime

    “…the terror operation was nixed by Mashaal over fears of a severe Israeli response, according to the report.”

    deterrence works.


    “So here are the seven reasons that I think you can tell people that you stand in support of Israel. I know there will be skeptics out there, and that is OK. But I would like to re-emphasize: I wish I never had to deliver that speech, I wish I did not have to go around the country, delivering this speech over and over again. But I do, because people do not know how to argue the case for Israel; and if you can’t argue it, you will never be successful in getting support for them.”


    “The first reason is of course, the most logical reason, and that is:

    All the archeological evidence supports it. Every time there is a dig in Israel, it does nothing but support the fact that the Jews have had a presence there for 3,000 years.

    They have been there for that long: the coins, the cities, the pottery, the culture.

    There are other groups that were there too, but there is no mistaking the fact that the Jews have been present in that land for 3,000 years, and it predates any claims that other peoples in the region may have.”

    “The ancient Philistines are extinct.
    Many other ancient peoples are extinct.
    They don’t have an unbroken line to this date that the Jews have.

    Even the Egyptians of today are not racial Egyptians of 2,000 or 3,000 years ago.
    They are primarily an Arab people. The land is called Egypt, but they are not the same racial and ethnic stock as the old Egyptians of the ancient world.

    The first Israelis are [were] in fact descended from the original Israelites.

    So the first proof and reason to support Israel is the archeological evidence.”

    SOURCE: Seven Reasons to Support Israel by Joyce Kaufman