Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz meet with IDF officials, March 25, 2011."
Israel, March 27, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) — According to Commander of Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Tal Russo, Hamas is fighting for power over other organizations in the Gaza Strip. On Sat. evening (Mar. 26) two Qassam rockets hit Israel, IDF Website reported.
Commander of the Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Tal Russo, stated that, “Hamas has lost control of other organizations within the Gaza Strip. There is anarchy among them and within Hamas itself. There’s no authority over any facet and it’s difficult for Hamas to regain control.”
Maj. Gen. Russo made the statement in a visit to the Eshkol Regional Council where a Qassam rocket fell on Saturday night (Mar. 26), causing serious damage to the house it landed on.
According to Galatz (Army Radio) Maj. Gen. Russo added that, “Hamas’ power is waning since Operation Cast Lead and its memory of the operation fading. I hope it regains its composure soon.”
When asked about the possibility of another operation in the Gaza Strip he explained, “It depends on the other side. We are trying to enable residents of southern communities to live as normally as possible.”
In the backdrop, news from the Gaza Strip said Hamas can no longer enforce its authority over other organizations continuing to fire at Israel, despite the organization’s claims that it is trying to stop the firing.
On Saturday night two Qassam rockets were fired into Israel. One of these rockets, as stated earlier, caused serious damage to a private home in the Eshkol Regional Council. An additional rocket fell in an open territory causing no injury or damage.
GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Tal Russo
GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Tal Russo : “There is anarchy in Gaza”
As reported by Israeli media HAARETZ on Saturday (27/3/2011), GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Tal Russo said Saturday that Gaza is in anarchy, warning that neither Hamas nor any other group is in control of the area.
Russo made the comments during a visit to the western Negev home which was badly damaged from a Qassam strike overnight, following recent cross-border escalation between Israel and Gaza.
“There is anarchy in Gaza, inside Hamas and inside the other [militant] organizations. No group exerts control there. It’s difficult for Hamas to turn back the clock,” said Russo.
Asked if the IDF would launch a large ‘Operation Cast Lead 2’ type of military operation in Gaza as a response, Russo said that it is not dependent upon Israel but upon the other side. “We are trying to afford citizens of the south normal lives, and these aren’t exactly normal lives,” he said. “We will bring these citizens peace and quiet. That is our aim.”
Russo added, “The situation has eroded since Cast Lead. The other side is starting to get forgetful. I hope that they get a hold of themselves.”
A Qassam rocket landed and exploded outside a family home in the Eshkol Regional Council in the western Negev region overnight Friday. No casualties were reported as a result of the rocket, but the family home suffered considerable damage.
A second rocket fell in an open field nearby, causing no damage to people or property.
The rocket attacks came hours after Defense Minister Ehud Barak and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz announced the activation of the Iron Dome defense system in the south of the country. Barak said he approved the deployment of the system as an operational experiment and the IDF has said it will be operational in a few days. (*)