Hamas in Gaza has ordered its terrorists in Judea and Samaria to conduct suicide bombings in the region as well as in Jerusalem, in a call that has Israeli security forces preparing against potential bombings that could reach anywhere in the country.
The terror group has praised the current wave of attacks that have mostly consisted of stabbings, but the new orders on the ground could see a return of the explosive attacks that were common during the 2000 terror war known as the Second Intifada or Oslo War, according to information received by Yedioth Aharonoth on Monday.
Hamas's new orders, which come amid a call for an escalation by the group, were given to terrorist operatives in the Hevron region of Judea and the Shechem (Nablus) area in Samaria - cells who are situated in a location that could potentially see them launch attacks in the capital.
A Palestinian Authority (PA) Security Force official claimed to the paper that a Hamas cell in Hevron was recently apprehended which had explosive materials and funds in its possession. The cell had no less than six members, who said under investigation that they wanted to die, possibly indicating that they were being instructed to conduct suicide bombings.
Hamas's goal appears to be to keep the wave of attacks in a constant state of escalation, and if the attacks slow down it is estimated the group will try to launch more attacks to spur more terrorists into action.
Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior Hamas official, said Sunday that the "intifada" needs to be turned from a "popular" terror war into a fully-militarized terror war, making an open call for the use of guns and explosives.
Fatah "can blow up buses in Tel Aviv"
Hamas has likewise been calling for more car attacks, in open incitement that has also been heard just as vocally from PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction.
Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub recently told official PA TV that the stabbing attacks are "heroic acts," and that the last will published online by one of the recent terrorists should be taught in schools.
"I'm proud of them and welcome all those who did them (the attacks - ed.)," said Rajoub in the TV interview.
He added that Palestinian Arab organizations have the ability to conduct much larger scale attacks, but claimed the world doesn't accept exploding buses in Tel Aviv, and therefore it is better not to get dragged into such attacks, at least at the current stage.
However, he said that the international community seems to allow the murder of IDF soldiers and Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria.
"The world doesn't ask about a settler or soldier who is on occupied territories at the wrong place and the wrong time, no one asks about that," he stated.