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IDF General Zeevi-Farkash: ‘Hamas Is Adopting Irish Model Of Political And Terror Wings’

‘Terrorists Are Preparing Major Terror Attacks Including Qassam Rocketing From The West Bank’

‘Syria Will Not Relinquish Its Domination Of Lebanon Despite Troop Redeployments’

Gen. Zeevi-Farkash

Maj. Gen. Aharon Zeevi-Farkash, the head of IDF military intelligence says Hamas is adopting the ‘Irish model’ of entering politics while maintaining its terror wing; (Sinn-Fein is the political party while the IRA carries out attacks). The intelligence commander warned that Hamas and other terror groups were preparing major terror attacks including the launching Qassam rockets from the West Bank. The Syrian redeployment of troops in Lebanon was to lessen international pressure; Damascus has no intention of giving up its control over the Lebanese state.

Palestinian Terrorists

Despite the current lull, the terrorists have prepared terror strikes ‘in the pipeline’ to carry out in the future. This includes the launching of Qassam rockets from the West Bank at Israeli population centers as well as the blowing up of booby-trap tunnels under Israeli targets. It was a sombre picture painted by the intelligence commander Zeevi-Farkash to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Although Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered his security forces to halt attacks by the terrorists, he has refused to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure. This, coupled with Israel’s halt to counter-terror operations, allows the terrorists to regroup and produce Qassam rockets on the West Bank unhindered. The danger is that the terrorists will build up their arsenals for major attacks when they see fit. The Palestinian leader believes hid policy of non-violence and the renewal of peace negotiations with Israel will win over Palestinian support in the long run. Meanwhile, Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qeira is blocking him all the way.Rather than seeking a rapprochement with Israel, the Palestinian Prime Minister was said to be following in the footsteps of Yasser Arafat. But, in any case, General Zeevi-Farkash saw it hard to see President Abbas succeeding unless he confronts the terrorist organizations and enforces the authority of the Palestinian Authority.


Now that the Hamas terror organization has agreed to run in the upcoming Palestinian elections, the intelligence chief saw a similarity with the IRA in Northern Ireland. Hamas was adopting what General Zeevi-Farkash called the ‘Irish model’ of two wings, political (Sinn-Fein) and terrorist (IRA).

As for Syria, the intelligence assessment is that Damascus will not relinquish its domination of Lebanon. Syrian President Bashar Assad is only trying to decrease the massive international pressure to pull out of Lebanon, by promising to withdraw his troops. Even if he does, General Zeevi-Farkash believes Syria will find other ways to dominate Lebanon and sway the outcome of the Lebanese elections.

Hizballah is trying to lower its ‘Jihad’ (holy war) image by accentuating its Lebanese identity. At recent demonstrations, Hizballah members waved only Lebanese flags for example. On the other hand, although Hizballah leader Sheikh Nasrallah may be opting to play a greater role in Lebanon, he may also try to show he has not gone soft on Israel, by inciting Palestinian attacks.

General Zeevi-Farkash described a situation in flux; but under the surface of the current lull in the violence with the Palestinians, he warned that the terrorists were building their strength and preparing for a new round with Israel if things do not go their way. So far, President Mahmoud Abbas has the support of the ‘Palestinian street’ but the jury is still out.

David Essing

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