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Transcript of Gaza Attacks
More than half a million Israelis have less than 60 seconds to find shelter after a rocket is launched from Gaza into Israel. Most rockets launched from Gaza into Israel are capable of reaching Israel’s biggest southern cities:
Although Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, terrorists continued to launch thousands of rockets into Israeli cities and communities. After exhausting non-military moves and diplomatic overtures to hinder Hamas’ rocket attacks, Israel launched Operation Cast Lead in December 2008. The military operation was successful in destroying Hamas’ rocket launchers and terror infrastructure.
The political and military wings are the two most prominent wings in Hamas. They operate as one terrorist entity–without the capabilities from the political side, there will be no motivation on the military end and vice versa. We are going to break down the wings one by one, in the interests of keeping things simple.
The military wing’s leader was Ahmed al-Jabari. Their Arabic name is Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, and they’re based in the Gaza Strip. Al-Jabari’s wing was/is subordinate to the Hamas leadership in Gaza, led by Ismail Haniyeh, which is under direct supervision of Meshaal, the leader of the political wing.
In Damascus, Meshaal makes all of the decisions, whether it be administrative, political, social. He’s also responsible for gathering the money and weapons for his military wing in Gaza. Ismail Haniyeh is the middleman in the supply chain who takes funds and weapons emerging from Syria to the military wing in the Gaza Strip.
Ahmed al-Jabari was highly dependent on Haniyeh for his close relationship with the political bureau in Damascus. Thanks to this supply chain, al-Jabari was capable of keeping his military wing fully stocked in order to maintain the terror fight against Israel.
The brigades has made it clear that their main goal is to throw the “Zionists” into the Mediterranean Sea.
Ezzedeen al-Qassam continues to collaborate with its vital political wing in order to finance its terrorist acts that have killed more than 1,365 Israeli citizens since Hamas’ founding.
Without the Hamas leadership in Gaza, the Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades would not function. Ismail Haniyeh has made sure that the right amount of funds, weapons, and propaganda are injected into the military wing.
In 2011 alone, 630 rockets from Gaza hit Israeli towns.
That’s an even higher number than in 2010, when 231 rockets hit Israel.
Since 2001, more than 12,800 rockets and mortars, an average of 3 attacks every single day, have landed in Israel
Here is text of the cease-fire agreement between Israel and Palestinians/Hamas in Gaza. The text was distributed at the news conference in Cairo with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr.
Understanding Regarding Ceasefire in Gaza Strip
1. a. Israel should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.
b. All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border.
c. Opening the crossings and facilitating the movements of people and transfer of goods and refraining from restricting residents’ free movements and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.
d. Other matters as may be requested shall be addressed.
2. Implementation Mechanism:
a. Setting up the zero hour for the ceasefire understanding to enter into effect.
b. Egypt shall receive assurances from each party that the party commits to what was agreed upon.
c. Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would breach this understanding. In case of any observations Egypt as the sponsor of this understanding shall be informed to follow up.