Israel says Hamas as strong as Hezbollah

Some Hamas military capabilities are even better than Hezbollah's, says spokesperson.


Afp May 31, 2012

JERUSALEM: The Palestinian group Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, has an armed force to rival that of Israel's Lebanese foe Hezbollah, the head of the Shin Bet security service said on Wednesday.

"Hamas has military capabilities almost of a state," a spokesman quoted Yoram Cohen as telling the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs and defence.

"Some of its military capabilities are even better than Hezbollah's," he said.

He said that the militant group's armoury had been swollen by advanced weaponry smuggled into the coastal territory from Libya since the fall of Moamer Kadhafi, including shoulder-fired missiles.

Cohen said that Hamas had also developed a sophisticated local arms industry, using computerised lathes to produce rockets of ranges from four to 40km.

He said that it currently had 8,000 rockets.

Israel says that both Hamas and the Shiite Hezbollah receive support from Iran.

The Jewish state fought a devastating war against Hezbollah in 2006 that cost the lives of 1,200 people in Lebanon, mainly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

COMMENTS (3)

Abbas | 9 years ago | Reply

I wish, it happens here in Pakistan too.

tahir.attarwala | 9 years ago | Reply

Hamas is a sstrong as Hezbollah.. Wait dont tell me lemme guess.. Its as stong as the IDF (Isreali Defence Forces) in fact they are on the verge of overrunning Isreal altogether. A pre-emtive war is absolutely neccessery for the survival of the Isreali State

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