IDF senior level officer: Hamas is becoming stronger, preparing for next conflict with Israel

While speaking in front of the residents of the Gaza Envelope (the region in Israel adjacent to the border with Gaza), the IDF’s Southern Command chief said that Hamas is using the period of relative quietness in the region in order to become stronger and prepare for the next conflict with Israel.
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IDF’s Southern Command chief Eyal Zamir spoke this morning (Wednesday) at a conference marking 70 years since the execution of the 11 points in the Negev plan. Zamir said that “Hamas is taking advantage of the quietness in order to become stronger and prepare for a future conflict.” Zamir added that if a new conflict with the terrorist organization erupts, the IDF will act fast and use all of its power.

“In the decade since the evacuation of the Gush Katif towns and since the IDF left the Gaza Strip, we’ve had three operations in Gaza against the terrorist organizations, the main one being Hamas,” Zamir continued. “The last two years, since the end of Operation Protective Edge, have been quiet in comparison to the past decades. This period is being used to strengthen the towns in the Negev and absorb new families.”

“Hamas suffered a serious blow during Operation Protective Edge and it is now restrained but unfortunately, instead of carrying for the population in Gaza, it is taking advantage of this period in order to get stronger and prepare for a future conflict,” said Zamir. “Hamas is an enemy with radical Islamic ideology that denounces Israel’s right to exist. The IDF and the Southern Command will not allow terrorist organizations, the main one being Hamas, to harm Israel and Israeli citizens.”

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