Defense minister: Despite Cast Lead success, Hamas is getting stronger

Barak to Gaza Division

The quiet in the Gaza area is indicative of the success of Operation Cast Lead, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Tuesday during a tour of the Gaza Division. Still, continued Barak, "The dangers have not passed." According to the defense minister, "Hamas continues to get stronger and to prepare…Just last Friday there was an incident here in which three terrorists were killed while apparently trying to detonate a bomb along the fence." When asked about a pending deal for captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, Barak said that "the less said about it now, the better."