Diskin: Gaza Lull 'Lifeline' to Hamas

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Shin Bet (General Security Services) chief Yuval Diskin says the tahadiyeh (temporary calm) has given the Hamas terror organization a "lifeline."

"The cease-fire gave Hamas a lifeline," Diskin told members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tuesday.

"We are not attacking them. We eased the blockade on them at a time when they are not committed to stopping their rearmament," Diskin said.

"Hamas presents itself as the victor in this confrontation, as having managed to hold out against the Israeli siege. The lull is being presented as an impressive achievement on its part," he said.

According to Diskin, the temporary calm "is essentially an illusion."

"In our assessment, the [Kassam and Katyusha] rocket attacks will resume at some point in the future," he said.

"Israel's situation is very problematic in its struggle against radical Islam," Diskin said.

"Palestinian daring against Israel has increased since Hamas took over [the Gaza Strip], while Israel deterrence has suffered a very substantive blow," he said.

Diskin said Islamic Jihad has produced a rocket with a 12-mile range, and military-grade rockets with a 19-mile range will put the coastal city of Ashdod, just north of Ashkelon, in the crosshairs.

Iran has supplied Hamas with military-grade mortar shells that can reach targets nearly six miles away.

While Egypt brokered the temporary cease-fire, they continue to turn a blind eye to arms smuggling from Sinai into Gaza.

"Egypt accepts the fact that there is smuggling from its territory," which Diskin called "part of the Middle East 'theater of the absurd.'

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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