Terrorist Training Camps Threaten Israeli Military

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JERUSALEM - Israel's greatest concern is that a Palestinian state on its border will become a launching pad for attacks against the Jewish state.
They point to Gaza, where terrorist organizations are training and carrying out attacks against the population and Israeli military.

Israel's war against terrorism in the Gaza Strip might have slowed down the movement but it hasn't stopped it.

The shelling may be over but attack plans are going strong. It is one of the Palestinians' oldest terror groups. The Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, or DFLP, has ties back to Yasser Arafat.

Its goal is to unite factions to fight Israel and training includes placing land mines, shelling positions, and taking tanks.

Israel is aware that most terror training activities inside Gaza are influenced by terrorists in other countries. Money and guidance comes from Iran and Syria. Hezbollah in Lebanon also helps with battle tactics.

Inside Gaza, Hamas calls the shots, but the DFLP says it has leeway.

Hamas is giving the freedom of movement, and every group will initiate terror in its own way.

"We are defending the religion of Allah and that's why we will succeed," a soldier in the training camp said. "Israelis and supporters of Israel 'Americans or Arabs' won't escape our punishment."

The group recorded on video some of their attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers.

"We manufacture rockets and roadside bombs and we buy our medium and light weapons from the local markets," another soldier said.

Their Islamic beliefs encourage them to fight Israel.

"My acts will help me when I stand before Allah," a masked soldier in training said. "If I died for him and for Palestine, He will be pleased and I will be happy."

These Islamists have a clear message to the western governments pushing for peace in the region.

"Land can be liberated by the blood of the Martyrs only," a soldier stated.

The U.S. and others have pledged billions of dollars to rebuild the Gaza Strip after Israel's military operation. But many observers say the terror groups will get to the money first, leaving little for needy Palestinians who are tired of war.

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