That said, why is Hamas now calling for elections?
First, Hamas is running short on cash and investments, reducing its ability to provide much needed social services to the population of Gaza. Yet the budget pains also restrict Hamas from its ambition of creating a powerful, stable and well-organized government. As Hamas sees it, a strong government isn’t just important in controlling Gaza (and, it hopes, one day also the West Bank). It’s also crucial in giving Hamas a stronger foundation on which to advance its “resistance” against Israel. Put simply, the more stability it has in Gaza, the more ease with which Hamas will be able to plot, resource, and effect terrorism against Israel.Sponsored Links
Gaza-based Palestinian resistance movement Hamas is ready for a fresh conflict with Israel, the head of the Jewish state’s domestic intelligence agency told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet on Sunday.
Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman said Hamas had rebuilt its relationship with Iran — following earlier differences over the conflict in Syria — and was funneling resources into preparing itself for “another confrontation with Israel”, according to The Jerusalem Post.
I think Israel is at risk of war right now with Hamas, Hezbollah and Syria. Israel’s attack on Syria could precipitate such a war. We’ll probably need to see what happens in the next few weeks. If no big attack on Israel comes before the end of September, then Israel may be safe from war for now. The next time Israel launches a big attack on Syria could see a different result.
The official said that according to his sources in Hamas, several meetings took place in recent weeks between Hamas and Hezbollah. The meetings were designed to plan a vast campaign against Israel, inspired by Iran. The way the PLO official sees it, Iran aspires to stir turmoil in the region as a response to what it perceives as US provocation against the nuclear deal, and to the coalition established by President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud with Egypt, Jordan and other Arab and Muslim countries.
The PLO official does not rule out a combined attack by Hezbollah against Israel from both Lebanon and Syria, either by the end of 2017 or by the beginning of 2018. Asked what would be the position of the Fatah leadership in this case, he answered categorically, “We are not interested in such a development; Abbas is a man of peace. But under such circumstances and given the total diplomatic stalemate, we would join the battle in a fight for Palestinian independence and East Jerusalem as our capital.” Al-Aqsa and the Israeli occupation would be a joint motto of such a violent deterioration.
The head of Israel’s Shin Bet security service told the cabinet meeting on Sunday that the relative calm in the West Bank is “fragile.”
Nadav Argaman noted that a similar situation exists in Gaza. Hamas is in strategic distress, he said, but is nevertheless militarily prepared for a renewed confrontation with Israel.
“Despite the relative quiet, the security reality in Judea and Samaria is fragile,” he said, referring to the West Bank, adding that the situation includes “high sensitivity regarding events of religious nature and an ongoing threshold of terror attacks.”
Hailing fully restored relations with Tehran, Yahya Sinwar says his group doesn’t want war yet but is building up military power for ‘the liberation of Palestine’
The new Gaza leader of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas said Monday it has restored relations with Iran and is gearing up for future hostilities with Israel.
Yahya Sinwar told reporters that Iran is now “the largest backer financially and militarily” of Hamas’s armed wing. It was his first meeting with journalists since taking up his post in February.
Nevertheless, other intelligence officials said that it is no longer a ‘2020’ end-of-times in Gaza, predicting a sooner collapse in light of the accelerated rate of deteriorating humanitarian conditions.
Israeli think tanks and intelligence parties have conducted extensive research on the topic primarily to examine the dangers of a new war with the Gaza Strip.
Israeli intelligence concluded that the deterioration of the situation in the Gaza Strip could prompt Hamas to venture into another war with Israel.
Hamas on Thursday warned that the new underground barrier Israel is building on its border with the Gaza Strip is “a declaration of war” and it will not allow the barrier to be completed.
The IDF is building the 60-kilometer (37-mile) barrier, which includes underground and underwater sections, to counter the threat from Hamas’ grid of terror tunnels.
GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir told reporters on Wednesday that work on the barrier is progressing and will continue even if Hamas renews hostilities with Israel.
Israel on Thursday released detailed intelligence on how Hamas is using newly constructed residential buildings in the coastal strip to disguise the expansion of underground tunnels and command centers from which the Jewish state says the group plans to wage urban war against it.
Israel released the intel to make its case for what it insists is an unwanted, yet potentially necessary new round of combat in Gaza.
Senior members of the Hamas terror group met on Monday in Iran with representatives of the powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guard, according to Arabic media reports.
A high-level Hamas delegation arrived in Tehran on Friday in order to attend the inauguration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and to “turn a new page in bilateral relations” between the two sides, according to a statement by Hamas.
This is the first Hamas visit to Iran since the group elected new leadership earlier in 2017. The rapprochement between Hamas and Iran is reportedly being facilitated by the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, which is supported by Tehran.
Israel fears Hamas might lash out with rocket fire, and the World Bank worries the strip could collapse. The United Nations on Tuesday declared that a decade of Hamas rule, Palestinian infighting and crippling blockades by Israel and Egypt have made life for people in Gaza “more and more wretched” each day.
But Abbas has said he is prepared to go even further, threatening to impose sanctions against Hamas and freeze funds for its leaders “if they continue to rule Gaza and use the money of the Palestinian people to strengthen their hold on power,” according to an interview he gave to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.
The tough tactics by Abbas are unprecedented in the decade-long split between the rulers of Gaza and the West Bank. …