Hamas cooperating with global jihadi elements who rocketed Israel from Sinai

While enforcing truces with Israel, Hamas has often signaled to Sinai groups that they are free to attack Israel from Gaza.

By
September 16, 2014 20:05
1 minute read.
Hamas Operative

Hamas Operative. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

According to Israeli intelligence evaluations, Hamas cooperated during the recent Gaza conflict with global jihadi elements that used the Sinai Peninsula to fire rockets on Eilat.

On July 15, terrorists in Sinai fired two rockets at the Red Sea resort city, lightly wounding four residents and destroying a number of vehicles. This cooperation between Hamas and terrorists in the Sinai was viewed by Egypt as a violation of its sovereignty.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Toward the end of Operation Protective Edge, Israel bombed global jihadi cells that planned to leave Gaza with weapons and head into the Sinai to carry out attacks on Egyptian military targets and fire rockets at Israel.

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the chief al-Qaida-linked group in the Sinai, maintains strong links with the Gaza Strip, partnering with groups such as the Popular Resistance Committees.

In the past, this allowed Gaza terrorist organizations - including Hamas - to “subcontract” attacks on Israel away from the Strip in order to protect the Hamas regime from Israeli retaliation.

There are hundreds of Salafi jihadis based in Gaza, many of whom move to and from the Sinai, smuggling weapons and plotting attacks. As a result, some in the defense establishment view Gaza and Sinai as interlinked sectors, saying the danger of these networks merging with the extensive jihadi networks in Syria is substantial.

While enforcing truces with Israel, Hamas has often signaled to the Sinai groups that they are free to attack Israel as they please – just away from the Gaza Strip.

Related Content

August 15, 2018
Abbas: We will thwart Trump's plan, Nation-State Law

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH