Hamas Has Developed Powerful Fighting Force in Gaza

An Israel Think Tank report issued on Thursday describes how Hamas has built up a powerful fighting force that will confront any Israel invasion of the Gaza Strip. The Inteligence and Terrorism Information center believes Hamas now controls about 20,000 well-armed men who are prepared to fight until death. Hamas military capabilities are based on the Izzedin al-Kassam Brigades, the group’s military arm. The Hamas strategy should Israel invade would be avoiding any fighting in open areas and compel Israel troops to fight them in urban areas where guerrilla warfare is more effective.

The assumption of Hamas is that Israel has not learned anything from its Lebanon experience. In all likelihood, Israel forces will avoid getting sucked into a bloody street fight with Hamas. Most probably, the IDF will resort to bombing attacks which will result in the death of thousands of innocent civilians.

The scenario of death can be replaced with a scenario of peace It is now imperative for the Bush administration to shift emphasis from refusing contact with Hamas to a Middle Eastern conference in which Israel takes the first step by announcing an end to further housing construction on the West Bank or in East Jerusalem.

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  • mendy lewin

    how stupid are you!? a guy sharpening a knife in front of you shouting at you that he will slaughter and you answer him what? let’s talk? let’s see you want me to move ?
    israel should just destroy hamas and dont blame the IDF for the civilians casualty’s this time because you yourself admits it is the hamas strategy against all war codes to use civilians as shields in battle
    when israel took the first step years ago and GAVE AWAY the gaza jewish communities,they got a bloody terrorist group at it’s border and thousands of rockets……..
    now that they have 20000 terrorists they should just go on and ignore the threat?
    how stupid can you be?! you have no morales or shame to put all those civilians at risk of a mortar death?
    nothing pushes you to admit hamas is the one to blame for a ”no talk” by not recognizing israel existence,pursuing terrorism,ignoring all ”peace” treaties that were signed over the last 10 years?!

  • http://www.theimpudentobserver.com Fred Stopsky

    Perhaps, you can cite evidence how the current policy of not negotiating with Hamas has reduced Israel deaths?
    The South African conflict was resolved when both sides negotiated. The Northern Irish conflict was resolved when the British government sat down with the terrorist IRA.
    As far as I recall, the Soviet Union never promised to recognize the existence of capitalism during the Cold War and yet discussions and negotiations took place.