Daily Israel Report

Hudna: Danger To Israel

This is essentially the bottom line of a special document submitted today to American inspection team chief John Wolfe by the IDF General Staff Planning Wing.
First Publish: 7/16/2003, 10:39 AM

The hudna (temporary cease-fire declared by Hamas and Islamic Jihad) is endangering Israel. This is essentially the bottom line of a special document submitted today to American inspection team chief John Wolfe by the IDF General Staff Planning Wing. The report shows that some 25 active explosives-manufacturing labs are operating in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, 20 arms-smuggling enterprises are up and running, and some 50,000 illegal weapons are circulating among Arabs in Yesha.

The terms of the hudna state that Israel is not to take action against the terrorists - against there is a "ticking time-bomb." This enables the terrorists to rearm and regroup until such time as they feel they can call off the hudna.

A senior IDF officer said that the PA's failure to deal with the terror infrastructures (as the Road Map requires) leads to the strengthening of the terror organizations. The freedom of travel in Gaza, he gave as an example, is enabling the organizations to train terrorists in firing rockets, prepare explosives, and transfer wanted terrorists from place to place. In addition, the Arabs continue to develop more advanced Kassam rockets - improving their range from 8 kilometers to 12. This will put Ashkelon and Prime Minister Sharon's Shikmim Farm into Kassam range.