Most-Wanted Hamas Terrorist Speaks

The Hamas terrorist organization released a video this weekend purporting to be of one of its most-wanted masterminds, Muhammad Deif.

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Nissan Ratzlav-Katz , | updated: 10:53 PM

Appearing only in shadow, with no indication of his appearance or location, a figure claimed by the Hamas to be master bomb-maker Deif was exultant over the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and promised more attacks until Israel is eliminated. "The Hamas will not disarm and will continue the struggle against Israel until it is erased from the map," the man in the video said. "You conquered our land. Today you are leaving Gaza, humiliated." For the Jews, he continued, "all of Palestine will become hell."

Mohammad Deif, from Gaza's Khan Younis, is one of the terrorists at the top of the General Security Services' (GSS, or Shabak) most-wanted list. He is known as an expert bomb maker and as the senior Izz Al-Din Al-Kassam Brigades leader responsible for deciding when and where many large-scale suicide bombings, among other attacks, have taken place in Israel. In August of 2001 and again in September of 2002, Deif was targeted in IDF helicopter-borne missile strikes, the latter strike leaving him seriously wounded.

Deif reportedly was appointed head of the Hamas' Izz Al-Din Al-Kassam Brigades after the death of its former commander, Salah Shehadeh, in an Israeli airstrike in July 2002. One of Deif's senior aides, Izz Al-Din Al-Masri, was apprehended by IDF forces in December of 2002.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry Public Relations Department reacted to the latest Hamas video by saying that it is an indication that the Palestinian Authority leadership must fulfill its commitments and fight the terrorist groups. "Deif's statements threaten the chances to renew the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, as Israel continues to demand the disarming of such factions," said Gideon Meir, deputy director of the PR department.


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