The deputy director of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) told the cabinet on Sunday that Hamas leaders in Damascus have ordered its followers in Judea and Samaria to carry out a large-scale terror attack in Israel. The news shows the growing influence of Hamas in Judea and Samaria since its takeover of the Gaza Strip following Israel’s retreat.
The official, identified only as Y., said also that smuggling into the Gaza Strip has increased. Since the Hamas takeover, he said the Arabs have managed to smuggle in over 40 tons of explosives, half the amount brought in since Israel's uprooting of area Jews, two years ago. Thirteen tons have been brought into Gaza so far this month.
The Olmert government claimed that after handing over security control to Egypt the smuggling of weapons and explosives into the Gaza Strip would stop. Lately, 150 RPG rockets were smuggled in from Egypt.
He also noted that there has been a rise in terror incidents lately: Last week there were 56 incidents of shooting and rocket fire, but the week before that only had 43 such events.