War on Hamas Coverage  

Below is a compilation of ICT's Articles, Commentaries and Reports covering the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) "Operation Cast Lead" in the Gaza strip and its aftermath.

  30/1/2009 The Kisufim Attack - A Test to Israel’s Deterrence

Jonathan Fighel

On January 27th 2009 an explosive charge was blown up near the Kisufim passage in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. As a result of the explosion, one soldier was killed and three were wounded. It is the first serious incident since the withdrawal of the IDF forces from the Gaza strip after the termination of the “Cast Lead” operation on January 21st.

  29/1/2009 Islamization or Secularization of the Palestinian Cause

Jonathan Fighel

Muhammad Dahlan: “There is no difference between Al-Qaeda and Hamas”. The Palestinian national aspirations, as traditionally reflected by Muhammad Dahlan, towards a rational pragmatic two states solution, are threatened by the Islamic Hamas. Hamas’ maximal, irrational radical Islamic aspirations pose an internal Palestinian danger to the very existence of the PLO, Fatah and the Palestinian Authority. Al Qaeda and Hamas, as representing the radical Islamic threat perception, are bonded together by Dahlan as a major factor in shattering the Palestinian dream.

  16/1/2009 Hamas Minister killed in Gaza

Jonathan Fighel

Hamas' minister, Said Siam, considered one of the most senior members of the Palestinian group's leadership, was killed on 15 January 2009 afternoon in an Israeli air strike on his brother's home in Gaza City. Siam, 50, is the most senior Hamas figure was killed in Operation Cast Lead so far, and is the most senior Hamas figure killed by Israel since the assassination of Dr. Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi in April 2004.

  15/1/2009 A call to revise the Geneva Conventions

Boaz Ganor

As the Israeli operation in Gaza moves toward the end of its third week, voices of criticism are echoing among the international media. Although many people around the world accept Israel's right to defend its citizens from ongoing, daily missile attacks launched by Hamas against Israeli cities, others condemn Israeli actions as an allegedly disproportional reaction toward the Palestinians.

13/1/2009 Israel's War on Hamas - Understanding its Causes and its Stakes

Ely Karmon

Among other disadvantages, a lack of clear victory on Hamas would utterly change the balance of power between the moderate Arab states in favor of the radical coalition Iran-Syria-Hizballah-Hamas, thus farther destabilizing the Middle East and enhancing Iran's hegemonic status in the region as a potential nuclear power.

  12/1/2009 Operation "Cast Lead" in Gaza – Military Push Needed

Jonathan Fighel

In order to further strike Hamas, the ground offensive must be expanded and more forces should be thrown into battle intended to maintain the operational and the psychological pressure and the momentum to crash and suppress Hamas’ remaining operational capabilities and influence its leaders’ motivations.

  12/1/2009 Legal Aspects of 'Operation Cast Lead' in Gaza

Amos Guiora

Prof. Amos Guiora of the University of Utah College of Law says that while self-defense (in the classic model) is the legal basis for Israel's "Operation Cast Lead" against Hamas, the Israel Defense Forces' re-articulation of proportionality and collateral damage in that context is a new development in international law that carries significant risks.

  11/1/2009 The Global Jihad System Unites Against Israel and the West – Threats to attack Israeli targets worldwide, as well as in the United States and Europe

ICT's Jihadi websites Monitoring Group

On January 6th, the leading Jihadi online forums published a video tape made by Al-Qaeda's No. 2 leader, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, calling on Muslims around the world to attack Israeli and western targets around the world, following the events in Gaza. In the tape, Al-Zawahiri claimed that the Israeli activity in Gaza is part of the western crusade against Islam, and claimed that the elected U.S. president, Barak Obama, is Israel’s accomplice.

  11/1/2009 Hamas-Iz A-Din Al Qassam Brigades senior terror commander killed

Jonathan Fighel

The IDF killed Amir Yusuf Mansi, who was the commander of Hamas rocket cells operating in the Gaza City area. Manasi, engineer in his education, was killed in aerial assault while firing mortar shells at IDF forces in Gaza. According to the Israeli army Mansi played a major role in Grad rocket strategy concept adopted from Hezbollah in Lebanon and its implementation and deployment during the past years as a strategic weapon waging attacks on Israeli communities.

  11/1/2009 Hamas In Gaza – Urban Warfare Strategy

Jonathan Fighel

Urban warfare is the most difficult battlefield, where Hamas and Islamic Jihad have a relative advantage, with local knowledge and prepared positions. Israeli Army has also come prepared for a battle both sides knew was inevitable. The asymmetric urban battle is waged among civilians and between enemies, who had long prepared for this fight, is now a slow, nasty business within the most difficult ground operation, the urban warfare. The most important strategic decision the Israelis have made so far, based on the lesson from the second Lebanon war, is to approach the incursion as a war, not a police style operation.

  9/1/2009 Exclusive Video - Hamas in their own voices


MEMRI has released a new and exclusive viral video, titled "Hamas: In Their Own Voices." The video, a compilation of MEMRI TV clips that aired prior to the current Gaza crisis, includes statements by Hamas leaders calling for the annihilation of Israel and of all Jews, for death to America, and for the Islamic conquest of the world.

Featured are Hamas leader Khaled Mash'al, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya, Hamas MPs Mushir Al-Masri and Fathi Hamad, Hamas MP and cleric Yunis Al-Astal, Palestinian Legislative Council acting speaker Sheikh Ahmad Bahr, and Hamas clerics Wael Al-Zarad and Muhsen Abu 'Ita.

Viewers will also witness Hamas military training for adults and children, anti-American speeches at rallies including burning of the American flag and calls of support for "The Afghan Mujahidin", Hamas Al-Aqsa TV children's shows, and more.

  9/1/2009 For Israel, the safety of its own people must come first

Amos N. Guiora

War is terrible. It causes undue suffering and death to many. It has lasting impact on its victims. It must not--under any circumstances--be conducted in vain. Human life is too valuable. There are, however, just wars predicated on self-defense, such as Israel's war on Hamas.

  8/1/2009 Gaza -The Humanitarian Aspect and the Propaganda War

Ely Karmon

It is a clear and known fact that Hamas deliberately uses the strategy of human shields in its operational terrorist and guerrilla activities. This commentary provides an elucidated review of the Hamas' usage of Palestinian civilians as human shields in their efforts to exploit the IDF's core values of avoiding civilian casualties and to wage a propaganda war against Israel.

  7/1/2009 Israel’s Battle in Gaza - The Future of the Palestinian Cause

Jonathan Fighel

The success of Israel’s military campaign to reach its security objectives and crack Hamas, as declared by the Israeli government, will have a direct impact on the Islamization and radicalization of the Palestinian issue as represented by Hamas, which poses a direct threat for any potential progress towards peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

  5/1/2009 Gaza/Hamastan, Platform for Iranian Destabilization of the Arab World

Ely Karmon

Hamas-ruled Gaza emerged on Israel's southern border as an extremist state, allied with Iran, Syria and Hizballah, with a good chance of taking over the West Bank and affecting the stability of Jordan, Egypt and possibly also the Islamic Movement in Israel. It is imperative therefore for Israel to win decisively the present war against Hamas, the first step in order to back off the successful (until now) Hamas-Iranian coalition.

  4/1/2009 Calls encouraging attacks on Israeli and American embassies worldwide, due to the recent events in Gaza

ICT's Jihadi websites Monitoring Group

Against the backdrop of the events in Gaza, one of the surfers in the Al-Faloja forum, who identifies himself as an Iraqi writer, published a call to surfers on 29 December 2008, to gather information on Israeli and American embassies worldwide, including their telephone numbers and locations, particularly in Arab countries, Central Asia and Europe .

  2/1/2009 The Mujaheed Sheikh - Dr. Nizar Rayyan: The Spiritual Mentor of Iz A-Din Al Qassam Brigades

Jonathan Fighel

Sheikh Dr. Nizar Rayyan  - one of the most prominent leaders of Hamas in Gaza - was killed in an air strike in the Gaza Strip, the first such attack in its six-day-old offensive. The air strike killed Nizar Rayyan along with nine other people, including his wife and three children, Hamas said. Another 25 people were wounded. Israeli security sources reported that the house was also used as an arms cache, a communications headquarters and concealed a tunnel opening. It was Dr. Rayyan, who cynically initiated to use the Palestinian civil population as a human shield to protect Hamas’ targets and homes against Israeli air strikes, knowing the sensitivity of the Israeli army in avoiding civilian casualties. Hamas used this fact in their terrorist build up of infrastructure during the recent temporary cease fire.

  1/1/2009 We must reshuffle the deck

Ophir Falk

With the recent unraveling of events in Gaza, Israel and the international community have an opportunity to reshuffle the deck in this terror-riddled region. This opportunity must not be wavered.

  30/12/2008 The Saudi cleric, Awad Al-Qarni, publishes a fatwa calling for attacks against Israeli targets worldwide

ICT's Jihadi websites Monitoring Group

Many Islamic sites with forums, which identify with the Global Jihad, reported on 28 December 2008 that Awad Al-Qarni, a senior Saudi Arabian Islamic cleric, published a fatwa calling for attacks on Israeli interests worldwide “in response to the slaughtering which the Occupation is perpetrating in the Gaza Strip”.

  29/12/2008 Fighting and Defeating Hamas

Ely Karmon

In my previous op-ed of December 23, "Needed, A strategy against Hamas", I advocated that Israel's main strategic goal in a future military operation, should be the prevention of Hamas' increased military and political strength and the shattering of the organization's exclusive control of the Gaza Strip. A secondary critical goal of the operation should be to stop the shelling of citizens in southern Israel, which was potentially spreading from Shderot to Ashkelon, Ashdod, Beeer Sheva and threatening Tel Aviv and Israel's most populated area. The bombing of our cities by Hamas rockets since the operation begun clearly show that this threat is immediate and was on the way to multiply

  23/12/2008 Needed, a strategy against Hamas

Ely Karmon

Hamas' show of strength during its mass rally on December 14, 2008, celebrating its 21 anniversary, and the threatening declarations of its leaders in Gaza and Damascus, culminated in the cancellation of the six-month cease-fire (tahidyeh) with Israel. This stands in contrast to the lack of decisiveness and leadership on the Israeli side, which plays according to the rules of the game imposed by Hamas.

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