Daily Israel Report

Hamas Will Not Be Disarmed

Mahmoud a-Zaher, one of the top Hamas terrorist leaders, declared that Palestinian Authority prime minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) will not attempt to disarm the Islamist organization.
First Publish: 5/11/2003, 10:30 AM

Mahmoud a-Zaher, one of the top Hamas terrorist leaders, declared that Palestinian Authority prime minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) will not attempt to disarm the Islamist organization. He made the prediction, he said, based on talks he had with the Palestinian Authority leader. According to a-Zaher, Abu Mazen would not be able to disarm Hamas even if he wanted to do so. Such an attempt, he said, would find no support among PA Arabs.

Meanwhile, Hamas guns are still being used against Jews. The Islamist terrorist group claimed responsibility for the shooting attack north of Ofrah this morning, which cost the life of one Israeli motorist.

Israel, for its part, is not waiting for the PLO to act against Hamas. On Saturday, IDF troops destroyed the home of a senior Hamas commander in PA-controlled Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza. The Hamas commander was linked to rocket and mortar shell attacks against IDF forces and Israeli civilians. The IDF force left the PA area after the operation. Also on Saturday, IDF forces apprehended a wanted Hamas terrorist in the Hevron district.