Israel's Security Services Warn: Beware of Hamas' "Moderate" Talk

(Ynet News) Ronny Sofer - IDF Intelligence Chief Amos Yadlin told the Cabinet Sunday that Hamas plans for generations ahead. "According to (Hamas founder) Sheikh Yassin, Hamas will be celebrating its victory over Israel in 2027." The first phase is taking over government offices, but at the same time strengthening the military branch. Yadlin estimated Hamas does not fully understand the economic issues it will have to face. "They don't comprehend what it means to having to get $2 billion a year." Shin Bet Director Yuval Diskin said Hamas presents vague, pragmatic messages to the international community, "but in the Palestinian streets, it clearly very much adheres to its ideology." Diskin also said that twice as many Kassam rockets were fired at Israel by Palestinians in January compared to December 2005 (130 vs. 64) and said he expects this trend to continue.

2006-02-20 00:00:00

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