Arrest of Arab in Beersheva confirms Al Qaeda presence in Israel
Al Qaeda planning "full frontal attack on Israel"
September 11, 2005
MIM: Hamas and Al Qaeda are both offshoots of the Muslim Brotherhood, so the news that Al Qaeda is operating in Gaza is a 'confirmation' of the obvious. It does show that the terrorists now feel emboldened by Israel's perceived show of weakness and will pursue their goals more easily now that the borders with Egypt are wide open.
"...Either confirming or playing on security concerns expressed in recent days by Israeli sources regarding the open border between Gaza and Egypt, a Hamas leader has said that Al-Qaeda terrorists are now operating in PA-controlled areas. Speaking with an Italian newspaper, Corriere de La Sierra, Mahmoud A-Zahar, regional head of Hamas, claimed this week that several Al-Qaeda terrorists have already crossed into Gaza..." See complete article below:
Fears that Al-Qaeda terrorists have reached Israel were confirmed with the arrest of a gang member north of Be'er Sheva, despite government denials that Bin Laden has created cells in Israel.
Security officials arrested the 26-year-old man in the village of Dahariya, between Be'er Sheva and Hevron. A new book, published in the London-based Al-Quds newspaper, states that the terrorist organization is on the eve of a new phase in a campaign that will end with "a frontal attack on Israel."
Former IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon said in March 2002 that the Al Qaeda terrorist group was giving orders to Arab terrorists in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. He told reporters that Israel had prevented several attempts by Al Qaeda terrorists to enter Israel.
Israeli intelligence and military officials have played down the possibility that terrorist operatives of the Osama Bin-Laden gang are in Israel, but the arrest of the Dahariya operative, Mahmoud Waridat, reveals there are contacts with terrorists in Israel.
Army prosecutors said Waridat was trained at an Al Qaeda terrorist camp in Afghanistan but declined an invitation to join Bin Laden's terror network. He learned to make small arms and bombs at the training camp.
Speculation on Al-Qaeda's infiltration into Israel was sparked in the 2002 attack on an Israeli-owned hotel and an attempt to shoot down an Israeli airline in Kenya.
Last month, Al Qaeda claimed it was behind a "debut operation in Jordan" when terrorists attacked Eilat with a Katusha rocket. Other claims of terrorist gangs linked to Al Qaeda have appeared in Gaza.
A new book entitled "Al-Zarqawi--Al Qaeda's Second Generation" details the world-wide terrorist organization's master plan. The author, Fuad Hussein, states that Al Qaeda has completed its first "awakening" phase that was highlighted by the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The second phase, which began in 2003 and is to end next year, is aimed at showing Moslems that the United States is abusing Arab countries. The third phase of "rebirth" is projected to last from 2007-2010 and will concentrate on Syria, Jordan and Israel.
"This phase takes into account the current attacks led by Americans, Europeans and Jews against Syria. The battle will shift to Syria as al-Qaeda will start a frontal attack on Israel'," Hussein wrote.
The "final victory" will follow with a war against Arab leaders, the creation of a new Arab country and all-out war, concluding with the destruction of Israel. ------------------------------------------------.
DM Mofaz Calls for Expanded "Buffer Zone" in Northern Gaza
Friday, September 16, 2005
Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz has directed the military to expand a demilitarized buffer zone established in the northern Gaza region.
Minister Mofaz, meeting Thursday evening with senior defense officials, issued the instruction to expand the no-man's land with the intention of distancing potentially threatening Arab traffic in Gaza from Israeli communities north of the region. Negev communities are now only hundreds of meters from Palestinian Authority (PA)-controlled northern Gaza, exposed to enemy rockets, to infiltration and even to light-weapons fire.
IDF forces Friday morning instructed residents of Netiv Ha'asarah, next to the PA border in the south, to remain indoors in the morning until noon, when soldiers found one of two Arabs from the Gaza region who had infiltrated into the area. He was found to be unarmed and was looking for work. Residents were then allowed to leave their houses but were told to exercise caution while soldiers continued to search for the second man, who was also assumed to be unarmed.
Security officials further agreed that Israel will be expanding coordination with the Egyptian and PA forces in Gaza, demanding of the Arab side to "calm the situation" there. As for the now-porous border area between Egypt and Gaza, with local Arabs creating new "unofficial crossings" at will, Defense Minister Mofaz said that he will make it clear to the Egyptians and the PA that the situation cannot continue, "not even for a single day."
The Israeli cabinet had relied upon Egypt to block any attempts at smuggling weapons into Gaza. Defense officials told Minister Mofaz that, in their estimation, the uncontrolled border crossings between Egypt and Gaza have brought in more light weapons, but nothing that "threatens the balance" with the terrorists, such as anti-aircraft missiles or Katyusha rockets. Black market prices for weapons and ammunition in Gaza have dropped by up to 80 percent the past week.
Either confirming or playing on security concerns expressed in recent days by Israeli sources regarding the open border between Gaza and Egypt, a Hamas leader has said that Al-Qaeda terrorists are now operating in PA-controlled areas. Speaking with an Italian newspaper, Corriere de La Sierra, Mahmoud A-Zahar, regional head of Hamas, claimed this week that several Al-Qaeda terrorists have already crossed into Gaza.
In light of expected increased threats from terrorist organizations in northern Samaria, as well, the IDF is now working to fortify the area. This involves making security improvements in the remaining communities and along local roadways. The former towns of Homesh, Sa-Nur, Kadim and Ganim - dismantled under the Disengagement Plan - remain "closed military zones", as do the roads in the immediate area, placing them off-limits to Israelis.