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Haniyeh: Israeli threats do not scare Palestinians

June 23, 2014 10:41 P.M. (Updated: June 24, 2014 4:56 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The former Gaza prime minister said Monday that “the Intifada in the West Bank had begun and all Israeli threats do not terrify Palestinians.”

Ismail Haniyeh said that “what is happening in the West Bank is the Intifada itself and Gaza is not far from making big news.”

Haniyeh added: “The Israeli threats do not terrify Gaza nor the West Bank.”

Earlier Monday, a high-ranking Israeli military officer said the major Israeli military incursion in the West Bank will come to an end in a few days.

Speaking to the Hebrew-language news site Walla, the officer highlighted that after 11 days, the military operation across the West Bank, with a focus on Hebron district, has failed to find a clue leading to the three teenage settlers believed to have been kidnapped in the southern West Bank.

The officer pointed out that overnight detention raids would not stop, although the major incursion would come to an end. He added that the operation started against what he called “terrorist infrastructure” of Hamas immediately after the Israeli political echelon announced that Hamas was behind the kidnapping.

After 11 days, added the top Israeli officer, the military operation can’t continue in the same pattern especially after the Israeli forces have almost completed their “bank of targets”.

Surprisingly, the officer said the army considers the operation a success, despite that it failed to lead to a clue about the missing teenagers. The success, he added, is based on the fact that large numbers of Hamas supporters have been detained, and that the infrastructure of Hamas in the West Bank has been crippled.
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