Israel: Hamas Istanbul Headquarters Behind Recent Shooting Attacks


israel-defense-minister-moshe-yaalonDefense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Tuesday that the recent shooting terror attacks were sanctioned by Hamas’ international headquarters in Istanbul and funded by Iran.

In an attack Monday near Shilo, one Israeli was killed and three wounded after being shot while driving home from a basketball game. Earlier this month near Dolev, Israeli Danny Gonen was shot dead and his friend wounded, and a Magen David Adom ambulance was fired upon near Beit El. All of these shootings happened in the same area of the West Bank – the Benjamin Regional Council.

Ya’alon also said the attacks were fueled by incitement in the Palestinian Authority’s official media.

The weapons used in the current wave of shooting attacks, and the money needed to buy them, may indicate that these were planned operations by terror cells. The attacks required much more planning and preparation than stabbings and vehicular attacks. It’s now clear that there is a cell – or two – moving freely about the Ramallah area.

Meanwhile, Israel Security Agency chief Yoram Cohen told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tuesday that Hamas has been working to reestablish its offensive tunnels, develop and produce new rockets, and increase training for its naval and ground forces. In the West Bank, there has been a steady rise in terror attacks from 683 in 2012 to 1,834 in 2014. In 2014, 130 terror plots were foiled, with an additional 60 plots foiled in the first half of 2015.

{ Israel News Bureau}