Hamas Army Trains On New Weapons
TEL AVIV [MENL] -- Hamas has been training on a range of new Russian-origin
weapons meant to incur heavy civilian casualties in any war with Israel.
A leading Israeli analyst said Hamas has been preparing its forces for
deployment of anti-tank missiles and improvised explosive devices. Jonathan
Spyer, a senior researcher at the Global Research in International Affairs
Center, said Hamas was adopting Hizbullah's strategy of asymmetrical warfare
meant to significantly improve its combat abilities.
"Hamas believes Israel's will can be broken through attrition and a
steady toll of unexpectedly high numbers of both military and civilian
casualties," Spyer said.
[On Tuesday, Israel announced the arrest of a Hamas cell from the West
Bank that was planning to launch an attack with chemical weapons. Officials
said the four-member cell produced a bomb discovered in Tel Aviv in
September 2007 and meant for a suicide attack.]