IDF: Motivation to kidnap soldiers up since Schalit deal

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December 28, 2011 17:02

 
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Motivation to kidnap Israeli soldiers has significantly increased since Israel completed the prisoner swap for the release of Gilad Schalit, a senior IDF commander said Wednesday.

According to Col. Tal Hermoni, commander of the Gaza Division South Brigade, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terror groups in the Gaza Strip are working to abduct Israeli soldiers and are digging tunnels that can potentially be used in such an attack.

"We believe that since there are additional Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails that these groups are working to kidnap soldiers," Hermoni said Wednesday during a briefing to reporters along Israel's border with Egypt."

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