A leading member of the military’s General Staff suddenly says that Hamas suddenly serves Israel’s interests in Gaza.
Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman said Israel wants to maintain Hamas’ hold over Gaza Strip,
“What we want is calm and security in the Gaza Strip,” Turgeman, head of
Southern Command, said. “Hamas, currently the sovereign power in the
territory, has the means and the know-how.”, in an interview on Israel television on Sept. 24
The military support for Hamas came in wake of Israel’s transfer of construction material to the Gaza Strip The delivery, the largest since 2007, came a year after Israel asserted that construction material sent to the Gaza Strip was being used by Hamas to build military facilities. The construction material is also used to build schools in Gaza, which the IDF has determined to be terrorist training bases.
*I checked with the Meir Amit Intelligence Center, which prepared both reports for the IDF. The center asserts that there has been no change in the conclusions reached by both reports.
The beneficiary of Israel’s new massive exports arrangement is Israel’s NESHER cement corporation. Yes, Hamas serves Israel’s interests in Gaza: Israel’s business interests.
Pressure from NESHER works.
All this comes at a time when Hamas and Iran move towards new cooperative efforts.
Iran has recently sent representatives to meet Hamas leaders in Lebanon and Teheran to discuss the terms of restored relations. Iran sent envoys of its proxy Hizbullah to discuss ways to restore relations with Hamas On Sept. 23, the Lebanese daily A-Safir reported an acceleration of reconciliation efforts. The newspaper, regarded as close to Hizbullah, said Hamas, Hizbullah and Iran met several times over the last two weeks in both Beirut and Teheran. Kamel Rifai, a leading Hamas member in Lebanon, said the first direct
contact between Hamas and Iran took place in September 2013. Rifai, a member
of the Islamic Action Front, said until then Hizbullah had represented Teheran
in talks with Hamas, led by Osama Hamdan, the movement’s representative
(Research for this article emanated from the Middle East NewsLine)