Hamas Prioritizing Naval Attack Force Build-Up

(Investigative Project on Terrorism) Yaakov Lappin - A top Hamas priority is its naval attack force, said Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, former head of the research division of IDF Military Intelligence and a senior research fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. "Hamas is looking for ways to bypass [Israel's] closure on Gaza, and to do this parallel to its underground tunnel concept. There are two sea levels - the sea surface and below-sea level, and this forms a very important component for Hamas in its ability to launch attacks on strategic sites in Israel." "Hamas clearly understood that attacks via the sea have strategic significance, both because they can hit sensitive targets and because they can use it to infiltrate into Israel in a way that is difficult to prevent. An infiltration in itself would be a strategic achievement. Hence, they invest a lot in this. In asymmetric warfare at sea, there is a big advantage for those who employ a secretive naval force. Hamas is buying diving equipment all of the time, as well as other forms of equipment, and training its personnel. This is a very high priority for them."

2020-08-03 00:00:00

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