Hamas Facing ‘Moment of Truth’

Hamas has never been anything other than a group of slimy terrorist.

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – The abduction of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian terrorist groups is putting the Hamas-led government to the test and could bring about the collapse of Hamas altogether, the former head of Israel’s secret service said.
Izzadine al-Qassam (the military wing of Hamas) and two other groups took part in a well-planned assault on an Israeli army outpost along the Israeli-Gaza border on Sunday. Two soldiers were killed, four wounded and Corporal Gilad Shalit was kidnapped and taken back into the Gaza Strip.
The incident highlights a growing rift within the Hamas movement. Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and P.A. Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar reportedly were working to free Shalit. But Israel blames the Damascus-based “political” leader of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal, for giving the orders to attack the outpost and abduct a soldier.
Israeli Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres said that Hamas has two leaders – and the ones in the Palestinian areas are not controlling the situation. “There are apparently two headquarters — one here, one in Syria…and the leaders who reside here, or in the West Bank or Gaza, are totally helpless,” said Peres in an interview with CNN.
The leaders in Palestinian areas “apparently didn’t give the order to capture the soldier but they are also incapable of releasing him,” Peres said.
The former chief of the Israeli secret service, Ephraim HaLevy, called this is the moment of truth for Hamas – a moment that could bring about the organization’s collapse if its leaders make the wrong decisions.
“The Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian national movement is facing its ultimate moment of truth,” HaLevy told diplomats and journalists at the Institute for Contemporary Affairs in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
The question is whether the Palestinian national movement has the power to create a viable structure of government and chain of command, said HaLevy.

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