Death of Top Hamas Commander Hurt Arms Smuggling

(Jerusalem Post) Herb Keinon and Yaakov Katz - The quality of weapons being smuggled into Gaza has declined significantly since January's assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai, Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) chief Yuval Diskin told the cabinet on Sunday. Mabhouh was reportedly responsible for smuggling Iranian arms into Gaza. Diskin also warned that, based on recent terror attacks as well as concrete intelligence information, the threat of terrorism will increase in lockstep with progress in the peace talks with the Palestinians. He said Hamas was largely working through operatives inside Israeli jails who were activating prisoners who recently returned to the West Bank. Diskin also noted that with financial support and assistance from Iran, Islamic Jihad was gaining strength inside Gaza.

2010-09-13 12:05:26

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