Head of the Shin Bet (General Security Services) Yuval Diskin said if Hamas was ready to come to a deal concerning the release of captured soldier Gilad Shalit, its plans have been thwarted as Hizballah has demanded a much higher price for the soldiers, making it harder for Hamas to deal with Israel alone.
“Everyone is limiting everyone,” Diskin said.
Diskin made it clear that Israeli intelligence believes Shalit to be alive. He said that the kidnappings in the north and south caused a fateful unity between Hamas and Hizballah.
In response to reactions in the territories to what happened in Lebanon, Diskin said the reactions are minor. “They have a unity of fate, but do not see the rampage in the areas of Judea, Samaria and in Gaza as a result of what they see in the north.”
Chief of Staff Dan Halutz said that from the beginning of the operations in Gaza 28 terrorists were killed. “We will continue to damage Hamas’ infrastructure in Gaza. There are other rockets but not similar to what we had in the past and that is because of the efforts against their creation.”
Diskin indicated that Hamas penetrated the border with Egypt at the Rafah crossing, which made it is possible for Palestinians to enter from the Egyptian side.
The Israeli army and the Shin Bet are taking intense measures to foil and prevent attacks attempted by Jihad operatives.