U.K. media is reporting that Hamas leaders have denied that the organization will attack Israel in the course of any war with Iran. According to a BBC report:
Leaders of the Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, say they will not help Iran militarily in any conflict between Israel and the Islamic Republic. There is speculation in Israel that if it attacked Iran’s nuclear facilities, it could face rocket fire from Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Both are long-time allies of Iran. But Mahmoud Zahhar, a senior leader of Hamas in Gaza, denied the group would get involved and told the BBC: “We are not part of any political axis.” ”If Israel attacks us we will respond. If they don’t, we will not get involved in any other regional conflict,” he added. Mr Zahhar questioned Hamas’s ability to offer support from the Palestinian territory to the south of Israel, even if it wanted to. ”Don’t exaggerate our power. We are still suffering from the occupation, the siege and two wars in recent years,” he said. Israel tightened its blockade of Gaza in 2007 after Hamas seized control of the territory from forces loyal to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah movement. Ideological differences Another senior Hamas official in Gaza, who did not want to be named, also insisted that Hamas would stay out of any conflict between Israel and Iran.
Posted in Hamas, Iran, Islam, Islamic Terrorism, Israel, Middle East, Muslim Brotherhood, War & Conflicts
- Tagged Gaza, Gaza Strip, Hamas, Iran, Israel, Mahmoud al-Zahar, Syria, Union of Good
Posted on February 15, 2012
Every day, thousands of trucks containing shipments of civilian goods enter Gaza.
Gaza Strip land crossing activities for the last week
Overall, 921 truckloads carrying 22,916 tons of civilian goods were unloaded at the crossings between February 5th and February 11th. Israel strives to allow normal civilian life in Gaza,
Posted in Israel, Middle East, Military, Politics, Security, Terrorism, War & Conflicts
- Tagged Gaza, Gaza Strip, Hamas, Israel, Middle East, Unemployment, West Bank, World Food Programme
Posted on March 6, 2012
The IDF has many ways to protect Israeli citizens from rocket fire–chief among them being the anti-missile defense systems. The technology was developed, together with the US Army, in order to combat the increasing missile and rocket proliferation of Israel’s enemies. Here’s a detailed look at the IDF’s three leading systems:
IDF’s Iron Dome is on-call and ready.
1. Iron Dome
The first tier of Israel’s multi-layered defense system is the Israeli-developed Iron Dome system which was designed in response to the rockets and mortar shells fired from Gaza. The Iron Dome system can determine where an incoming rocket will land,and intercept projectiles that pose significant threats in mid-flight .
The Iron Dome system has three main components:
- Tracking radar – locates the rockets and calculates landing site
- Battle management and weapon control system – operator’s seat
- Missile firing unit – fires an intercepting missile
The decision to build Iron Dome was made by the Ministry of Defense in 2007, following a particular turbulent year on Israel’s northern border with the Hezbollah terrorist organization during the Second Lebanon War.
Posted in Counter-Terrorism, Israel, Middle East, Military, Security, Technology, War & Conflicts
- Tagged Arrow (missile), Gaza, Gaza Strip, Iron Dome, Israel, Israel Defense Forces, Missile defense, United States