Hamas Arms Smuggling Continues

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CBNNews.com - GAZA STRIP - The temporary truce between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian faction controlling the Gaza Strip, has provided the needed calm to continue weapons smuggling into the Strip.

The primary purpose of a tadhiyeh (temporary calm) or a hudna (temporary cease-fire) is to allow Palestinian terror groups to rearm, regroup and strengthen their position in preparation for the next round of attacks.

Since the Egyptian-brokered tadhiyeh went into effect on June 19, some Israeli military and intelligence leaders say Hamas has used the opportunity to smuggle more advanced systems into Gaza.

Three weeks ago, Shin Bet (General Security Agency) head Yuval Diskin told Israeli ministers that the newest acquisitions by Hamas effectively extended the range of the group's rockets, enabling them to reach farther up the coast to the city of Ashdod.

While Egypt has allegedly stepped up its measures against weapons smuggling from the Sinai, many Israelis fear it has not made any appreciable difference.

"There has not been any real drastic change in the smuggling," a senior government official told Jerusalem Post correspondent Yaakov Katz.

"The Egyptians are basically working the same way today as they did before the cease-fire went into effect," he said.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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