The Hamas regime has equipped its new army with advanced systems in the war against Israel.

Israeli military sources affirm that Hamas, with a 10,000-man army, has equipped its units in the Gaza Strip with communications, body armor, night-vision and GPS systems. They said the equipment has enhanced Hamas operations in the northern and southern Gaza Strip.

“Hamas has succeeded in absorbing equipment never seen before in the Palestinian arena,” a military source said. “This has certainly modified our operations.”

The Hamas units have been operating along the Israeli security fence that surrounds the Gaza Strip. On Monday, two Hamas fighters planted a bomb near Israeli military units at the Erez border terminal.

“The gunmen used buildings in the Erez Industrial Area to organize and execute attacks against IDF [Israel Defense Forces] forces and the Israeli homefront,” a military statement said on Tuesday. “The soldiers fired at the gunmen and identified hitting them. The gunmen were wearing army vests and carrying weapons.”

The sources said Hamas units, trained by Iran and Hezbollah, were sent on a nearly daily basis to ambush Israeli soldiers along the Gaza border. They said Hamas sought to hamper patrols and infiltrate Israel for major strikes.

On Tuesday, the Israeli military identified and struck several Hamas fighters who crawled toward Israeli border positions. Several of the fighters, equipped with weapons and radios, were struck and injured.

“The forces fired at, and identified hitting the gunmen who were discovered to be carrying hand grenades, small arms, army vests, ammunition clips, knives and communications equipment,” the military said.

The Israel Air Force has also been employed in the war against Hamas. On Tuesday, attack helicopters struck a Hamas military post in the southern Gaza Strip linked to missile and mortar fire into Israel.

“Since June, Palestinians have fired at Israel an average of one Kassam rocket every three hours,” the military said. “About 200 rockets have been launched since the beginning of November.”

©The Bulletin 2007

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.

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