Hamas, also known as Harakat al Muqawama al Islamiyya, or the Islamic Resistance Movement, is a Palestinian terrorist group established in 1987 in the Gaza Strip. Since its inception, the group has rejected Israel’s right to exist, and has been at the forefront of Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israelis. In 2007, Hamas forcibly took control of the Gaza Strip from the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA). Since then, the group, which receives support from Qatar, Turkey and Iran, has fought several wars with Israel, most notably in December 2008, and November 2012. Since 2001, according to the group’s own website, Hamas reportedly fired more than 11,000 rockets and mortars from Gaza towards Israel.

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In Israeli Military, Guarded Optimism for 2017

While war will continue to rage in much of the region writ large, Israeli military forecasts for 2017 are cautiously optimistic that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) may get through the year that began Sunday without having to wage major combat operations. “The probability for war in 2017, generally speaking, is low,” a senior defense […]

Israel Begins Construction on Gaza Underground Wall: Report

Israel has begun building an underground wall around Gaza to stop Hamas attack tunnels, Israeli media and a local council official said Thursday. “Construction has begun along all towns considered to be next to the fence with Gaza,” the Ynet news website reported. It posted a video appearing to show heavy machinery operating along the […]

Report: Hamas Taps Over 1,000 Terror Operatives to Dig Gaza Tunnels

According to Israel Radio report, the terrorist organization invests hundreds of thousands of dollars each month in the subterranean digging activities. Hamas employs more than 1,000 operatives to excavate underground tunnels in the Gaza Strip, Israel Radio reported Thursday. According to the report, the terrorist organization invests hundreds of thousands of dollars each month in […]

ISIS Gains a Foothold in Gaza

The early hours of the morning of Nov. 24 began with a boom. The Israeli Air Force was hitting targets here in the Gaza Strip, shattering the pre-dawn quiet of this besieged coastal enclave. Someone had shot a rocket over the Israeli separation barrier. Was it Hamas? Or Islamic Jihad? Was this the beginning of […]

New Simulators to Train IDF Soldiers for Tunnel Warfare

The Israel Defense Forces is preparing to train all its infantry in tunnel warfare using simulators that present soldiers with different scenarios, including detecting the tunnels, advancing through them, the complex and dangerous fighting within them, the complete mapping of their route, and their controlled destruction. The decision to develop this unique simulator was made […]