Daily Israel Report

IDF Chief of Staff Sees Terror Wave after Disengagement

Speaking in Herzliya last night, outgoing Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Yaalon said, "Immediately after the disengagement, we can expect a burst of terrorism - especially in Judea and Samaria."
First Publish: 4/19/2005, 7:54 PM / Last Update: 4/19/2005, 1:15 PM

"The Israeli public must not think that the Mashiach (Messiah) is arriving with the withdrawal," Yaalon said, at the Army and Society Seminar.

Yaalon was one of the first to warn of the dangers of the disengagement, having said over a year ago that the withdrawal would provide a "tail wind" for terrorism. It is widely felt that this statement is one of the reasons why Prime Minister Sharon and Defense Minister Mofaz did not allow him to remain in his post for a fourth year, as is customary. Yaalon's term as head of the IDF will end in June.

"All the signs point to [a renewal of terrorism]," Yaalon said last night, referring to intelligence reports reaching the security forces. The reports speak not only of the terrorists' massive preparations for the "day after," but also of the sharp increase in terrorism in recent days and weeks.

Yesterday, for instance, two Israelis were wounded in a sniper attack in southern Gaza, while last night, there were two infiltration attempts in Gaza and another shooting attack at Gush Katif.

Yaalon demanded that Israel insist that Abu Mazen fight concretely against the terrorist organizations. Abu Mazen's attempts to peacefully accommodate the terrorists without forcefully disarming them are not sufficient, Yaalon apparently feels.

Thousands of weapons have been smuggled to various locations in Judea and Samaria over the past several weeks and months. Among the weapons are anti-tank missiles and even five anti-aircraft missiles that could be used to threaten air traffic to and from Ben Gurion International Airport. Materials and instructions for the construction of roadside bombs and other explosives have also been smuggled in.

Other signs of likely terrorism in the future are attempted Kassam rockets from the Jenin area to Afula, distribution of Jordanian weapons in Jericho, attempts to smuggle terror experts from Gaza to Judea/Samaria, and more.