Gaza will become like Lebanon

Monday, August 21, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Head of the Israel’s General Security Services Yuval Diskin warned in the Cabinet meeting yesterday that if Israel does not take care of the strategic problem of the increase in terrorism in Gaza, she will face a situation similar to the one in Lebanon within three to five years.

“The details are already known today. There is no need to wait and conduct inquiries in retrospect like we are doing in Lebanon today,” said Diskin. He added that lately, huge amounts of weapons and explosives were smuggled across the Philadelphi route. According to Diskin, we are talking about tons of explosives.

Hamas is continuing to smuggle money into the Gaza Strip. Only a few days ago, the Palestinian Minister of Agriculture smuggled $1.5 million in his suitcase. In addition, explosives experts from Iran and Hizballah have been able to penetrate Gaza.

Diskin claims that the Egyptian supervision of the Philadelphi route is ineffective and does not leave Israel with any choices but to reopen the security agreements signed with Egypt last year.

Diskin also said that Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah has become a national hero in the eyes of the Palestinian terrorist groups. He warned that they will import Hizballah fighting tactics from Lebanon into Gaza which include the use of anti-tank missiles and building subterranean bunkers. Hizballah is exploiting the admiration it has in the Territories and is flooding them with weapons and explosives.

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