Jerusalem – During April and May, the Israel Security Agency and the Israeli police arrested Amir Nafar, 20; Iman Kadura, 26; and Yassin Hinawi, 19, for conspiring to abduct and murder an IDF soldier in order to bargain for the release of Palestinian security prisoners. They planned to video the abducted soldier, murder him and hide his body. All three are from Lod, Israel.
Their investigation shows that Mr. Nafar, Mr. Kadura and Mr. Hinawi were followers of the Israeli Islamic Movement led by Sheikh Raad Salah. Mr. Nafar went to study Shariah law in Jordan, where he says that he was introduced to radical Islamic ideas and influences that likely spurred him into terrorist activity.
The three were indicted yesterday in the Petah Tikva District Court. Mr. Nafar and Mr. Kadura were charged with aiding the enemy in wartime and criminal conspiracy. Mr. Hinawi was charged with failing to report a crime.
Majority Of Israel Security Cabinet Opposed To Truce
There appears to be a majority in the Israel security cabinet against accepting the truce proposal with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
That is the main reason for delaying the discussion scheduled for Sunday at the security cabinet, a delay that was initiated by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who on Sunday was the main person in favor of the truce proposal, as opposed to the opposition of Israeli intelligence, the prime minister, the foreign minister and other top ministers, including Deputy Prime Minister Haim Ramon.
High-ranking political and security sources told the Israeli media that delaying the security cabinet discussion was due, among other reasons, so as not to create a situation in which Israel was rejecting a proposal for a truce. Such a situation, said the sources, means an explicit declaration of escalation, a deterioration of the situation and even large-scale military activity.
In the backdrop is a harsh disagreement between the IDF and Israeli intelligence and uneasy personal relations between the political protagonists in the affair: the prime minister, the defense minister and the foreign minister. Both Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni believe that it would be wrong to accept a partial truce without Hamas handing over the POW in their hands – Gilad Shalit – with the obvious potential of Hamas’ quickly gaining strength.
Israeli intelligence director Yuval Diskin declares, time and again, that a truce agreement that permits Hamas to continue to strengthen would turn Hamas into a true strategic threat on Israel’s southern border.
In the present situation, Mr. Barak finds himself the foremost, and almost single, proponent for the truce agreement that his envoy, Amos Gilad, worked on with Egypt. Mr. Gilad’s trip to Cairo that was scheduled for yesterday has been postponed to next week, after the next security cabinet is scheduled. Mr. Barak tried to persuade Mr. Olmert to make a decision on a truce without the security cabinet, but the prime minister flatly rejected this.
Israeli cabinet ministers Shaul Mofaz and Avi Dichter are considered to be leading the opposition to a cease-fire because of concern that Israel would be depicted as capitulating to Hamas’ dictates and that a lull would be exploited by Hamas to strengthen for the next round of violence.
The Israel defense minister was also attacked by members of the Israeli parliament Knesset in regards to a possible truce in Gaza.
“This would be interpreted as capitulation in the eyes of Hamas, the Arab states, the Israeli public and the entire world,” said a member of Knesset from Mr. Olmert’s Kadima faction, MK Isaac Ben-Israel.
David Bedein can be reached at Media@actcom.co.il. His Web site is www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com
©The Bulletin 2008