Hamas hield zich afzijdig in de recente Gaza escalatie, zo melden verschillende media, omdat zij geen belang had bij nieuwe schermutselingen met Israel. En, zo werd daar door bijvoorbeeld de NRC aan toegevoegd, omdat zij een staakt het vuren met Israel in acht neemt. In werkelijkheid lukt het Hamas niet om aanslagen te plegen of soldaten te ontvoeren en van een staakt het vuren is in die zin geen sprake. Verijdelde aanslagen halen zelden het nieuws, maar laten wel zien wat er zou gebeuren als Israel minder goed op zou letten en de grenzen met Gaza zou openen.
Hamas man 'plotted bombing, soldier kidnapping'
A resident of Gaza caught trying to enter Israel was on a terrorism mission aimed at launching a suicide bombing attack in the Eilat area, the State Attorney's Office revealed on Wednesday.
Mohammed Hassin Awad Abu Adareh, 20, of Rafah, Gaza, is alleged to be a member of Hamas's military wing, the Izz ad-Din Qassam Brigades.
Prosecutors say he also planned to kidnap an IDF soldier, which Hamas has been threatening to do repeatedly since the release of former captive soldier Gilad Schalit.
The charges provide a detailed account of continued Hamas attempts to murder Israelis, and underline how fragile the current 'ceasefire' between Israel and Gazan terror groups is.
The Southern District Attorney filed an indictment on Monday against Aderah.
According to the indictment, Adareh joined Hamas's Qassam Brigades last summer, after moving to Sinai from Gaza.
His first tasks involved gathering information on IDF forces stationed on the Egypt-Israel border and near Eilat, including photographing them for a senior Qassam Brigades agent, Yunus Abu Shaluf, the indictment said.
Shortly afterward, another Qassam Brigades member, Rushdi Abu Aderah, met Adareh in a mosque in Rafah. Rushdi, who acted as Aderah's handler, gave him a GPS device, a video camera and a handgun.
Adareh traveled to the Taba border crossing on the Egyptian-Israeli border, where he filmed IDF positions.
Adareh also filmed videos of Eilat and gathered GPS coordinates on the Red Sea city and its surrounding area, including its airport and an IDF base near the border, the indictment said.
Shortly afterward, a member of Israel's security forces made telephone contact with Adareh, who immediately hung up the phone.
However, Rushdi told him to answer the next call, and find out how much the Israeli authorities knew about them, the indictment said, so when the man called again, Adareh told him he was only involved in drug-running.
Adareh then returned to Gaza, where he, Abu Sharef and Rushdi traveled to the Qassam Brigades headquarters and turned over the photographs and information they gathered to a man named Al-Atar, a senior agent of that terrorist group responsible for the southern part of the Gaza Strip, the indictment said.
Al-Atar told Adareh to gather more information about Eilat, and Adareh realized that he was being asked to help carry out a plan to kidnap a soldier, the indictment charges.
Allegedly, Abu Shaluf then instructed Adareh to scout out more IDF locations on the Sinai border, and told him that in addition to the plan to kidnap a soldier, the Qassam Brigades were also plotting a suicide bombing attack.
Adareh then allegedly photographed locations around the Kerem Shalom border crossing on the Israel-Gaza-Egypt border, including several IDF locations across the border from al-Qasimia in Sinai.
However, shortly afterward, Adareh began to suspect that one of his colleagues was a Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) agent, the indictment said, and as a result he returned to Gaza where he told Abu Sharef his suspicions.
During that meeting, Abu Sharef told Adareh that he had prepared a car in Sinai, and Adareh agreed to drive suicide bombers from Egypt into Israel, so that they could perform reconnaissance missions in the area, the indictment said.
Adareh said that since the IDF used the road from Egypt to Israel to transport soldiers, he could shoot at IDF vehicles with an RPG, the indictment charges.
Adareh also allegedly suggested placing rocket launchers in Sinai and firing projectiles at Eilat, but Abu Sharef turned him down, saying that Israeli security forces knew about all Hamas's activities in Sinai, and that Egypt had told them to stop their actions in the region.
On February 20th, Adareh was arrested after infiltrating into Israel with two other men, Saddam Abu Adareh and Ashraf al-Zufi.