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        7/19/2007, Av 4, 5767

      Report: Hamas, Israel Headed for Confrontation

      Hamas-led Gaza is headed for a confrontation with Israel in light of its continuing stockpiling of explosives and advanced weapons, according to an unnamed senior military intelligence official quoted by Voice of Israel government radio Thursday afternoon.

      "Israel is the only force that can curtail Hamas," according to the source, who added that Hamas has added Katyusha rockets to its arsenal. He said that since its military takeover in Gaza, Hamas has brought from Egypt tons of explosives and a large number of weapons, including advanced anti-aircraft missiles.

      He noted that Hamas is highly organized and disciplined. The "IDF is prepared, but there is a price," the official added.