Is Hamas close to acquiring unconventional weapons?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

Hamas’ Al-Qassam news agency carried a curious story on Monday that sparked concerns in Israel that the terrorist organization, which controls and operates out of the Gaza Strip, is close to acquiring chemical, biological or even nuclear weapons.

Speaking at an anti-Israel rally on Monday, Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar declared, “We are only a few steps away from achieving a historic triumph which might cost us a large number of our children. However, in the coming confrontation with the Zionist entity, we will realize our ancestors’ dream and return history to the right track.”

Hamas has already unloaded its conventional rocket and missile arsenal on Israel in the past, so it is difficult to imagine what it could do that would be so drastically different except for using unconventional weapons.

It is also worth noting that the rhetoric about being “only a few steps away from achieving a historic triumph” is similar to that used by Iran to describe its nuclear efforts.

Israel has long feared that Syria, Iran and other terror-supporting states will transfer unconventional weapons to Hamas and Lebanon’s Hizballah terrorist militia, leading to an enormous escalation of the Israeli-Arab conflict.

While it is more difficult for Hamas to obtain such weapons thanks to the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, it is now widely known that Iran and Syria are arming Hizballah at a worrying pace.

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