Hamas

A number of prominent terrorist operatives released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap expressed readiness to return to terrorism, calling for abduction of more Israelis.

Issued on 21/11/2011 Type Article
A number of prominent terrorist operatives released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap expressed readiness to return to terrorism, calling for abduction of more Israelis. Their statements play into Hamas’ propaganda campaign, according to which “resistance” (terrorism) has proven superior to negotiations as a means to achieve the Palestinian objectives.
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The recent Israeli Air Force strike on a Hamas police coastguard post illustrated the dual nature of the Palestinian security force operatives, many of whom also serve in Hamas' military-terrorist wing.

Issued on 17/11/2011 Type Article
The recent Israeli Air Force strike on a Hamas police coastguard post illustrated the dual nature of the Palestinian security force operatives, many of whom also serve in Hamas' military-terrorist wing. The coastguard apparatus has been involved in anti-IDF military activities unrelated to its naval police functions.
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Implementation of the Agreement for the Liberation of Abducted Israeli Soldier Gilad Shalit – Update No. 3

Issued on 19/10/2011 Type Article
In the late afternoon of October 18 Gilad Shalit arrived at his home in the Western Galilee village of Mitzpeh Hila, where he was received by hundreds of well-wishers.
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Implementation of the Agreement for the Liberation of Abducted Israeli Soldier Gilad Shalit – Update No. 2

Issued on 18/10/2011 Type Article
The implementation of the first stage of the agreement for the liberation of abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit was completed as planned at noon on October 18.
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Implementation of the Agreement for the Liberation of Abducted Israeli Soldier Gilad Shalit – Update and Supplement to the Initial Report

Issued on 17/10/2011 Type Article
On Tuesday, October 18, the first stage of the agreement for the liberation of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is scheduled to be carried out: he will be transferred to Egypt and in return Israel will release 450 male and 27 female Palestinian terrorists.
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The Agreement for the Liberation of Abducted Israeli Soldier Gilad Shalit – Initial Report

Issued on 12/10/2011 Type Article
On October 11, 2011, the Israeli government held a special meeting where a large majority (26 in favor, three against) voted in favor of the agreement with Hamas for the release of abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, held in Hamas captivity without Red Cross visits since June 2006. The agreement was supported by the heads of the Israeli defense establishment, including the Chief of Staff, the head of the Israel Security Agency and the head of the Mossad.
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Information on Hamas
Hamas is a fundamentalist Sunni Muslim organization founded in the Gaza Strip in 1987 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. It seeks to establish an Islamic state on the entire territory of the State of Israel and does not recognize Israel's right to exist.
The Hamas leadership has two branches: the internal leadership, which controls the de-facto Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, responsible for the day-to-day activities of governing the Gaza Strip population; and the external leadership, Hamas' political bureau, located beyond the borders of the Gaza Strip (primarily in Syria). The external leadership maintains relations with various countries and bodies, and deals mainly with raising money and finding other resources for Hamas.
According to the Hamas charter, the document on which its policies and propaganda are based, the only way the movement can achieve its ends, i.e., the establishment of a fundamentalist Islamic state, is through an armed terrorist campaign to achieve the destruction Israel. Hamas' military-terrorist wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, carries out terrorist attacks against Israel, including rocket, mortar and suicide bombing attacks.
Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.
Over the years Hamas has challenged the PLO and the Palestinian Authority, causing conflicts between the sides, culminating in June 2007 with Hamas' violent takeover of the Gaza Strip and the suppression of Fatah and the Palestinian Authority.