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Terrorist Organizations Using "Cease-Fire" to Best Advantage

Israeli intelligence organs warn that Hamas and Islamic Jihad are utilizing the current "hudna" period to raise money and enlist members, and that within 2-3 months, they will have rebuilt their terrorist capacities.
First Publish: 7/6/2003, 12:02 PM

Terrorist Organizations Using "Cease-Fire" To Best Advantage

IDF Intelligence and the General Security Service have prepared a report warning that Hamas and Islamic Jihad are utilizing the current "hudna" (cease-fire) period to raise money and enlist members, and that within 2-3 months, they will have rebuilt their terrorist capacities.

Ynet reports today, in the name of a military source, that the military achievements of last year's Operation Defensive Shield and Operation Determined Stand - the dismantling of the terrorist infrastructures and hierarchies - are gravely threatened. The source said that the terrorists will soon boast new terror cells, explosives labs, and engineers, and that they will be ready to take action at the slightest "provocation." This could mean the end of the peace negotiations, "because they will be able to perpetrate a large wave of attacks, and we will be forced to retaliate with full force."

GSS head Avi Dichter said that Israel cannot agree to a hudna of more than a month unless concrete actions are taken to disarm the terrorist organizations.

The report also bemoans the fear of "cities of refuge" - PA-controlled cities where wanted terrorists can hide from the IDF - and the fact that the PA continues not to take action against the terrorist organizations.