CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is stepping up its counter-terror operations against the Hamas terror group's civilian infrastructure in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).
The stepped-up campaign against the group's civilian network began six months ago. The two-fold purpose of closing down Hamas' civilian infrastructure is 1) to cut off fundraising that goes to sponsor terrorism and 2) to thwart the group's influence, which is aimed at wresting control from the Fatah-affiliated Palestinian Authority (PA).
Of the two Palestinian factions, Hamas is seen as less corrupt and more concerned about meeting the day-to-day needs of the civilian population.
A variety of Hamas-affiliated institutions serve as a cover for money-laundering and transferring huge sums of money from Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states, Muslim populations in Europe, the US, and South America, among others, to finance terrorism.
"The campaign is what disturbs Hamas in the West Bank," said an Israeli official.
"But this is only the beginning of the effort, and we need more activities and more resources," he said.
"When it comes to these matters, you can't compare the efficiency of the security forces to the level of effectiveness developed by the army and the Shin Bet [General Security Agency] over the last few years, in everything related to stopping the terror of suicide bombers from the West Bank," he said.