Hamas on Saturday vowed a “harsh response” against Israel for the killing of Mazen Faqha, a high-profile official with the Gaza Strip-based terrorist group. Faqha was found shot dead at the entrance of his house in the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood on Friday evening. According to Hamas he was shot four times in the head with a silenced gun. Hamas has vowed revenge against Israel. There is a problem: Hamas blamed Israel for the “assassination” but provided no proof to support the accusation. While the group usually points the finger at the Shin Bet security agency, this time Gaza’s rulers claimed the Mossad, Israel’s national intelligence agency, was behind the hit. Faqha was well known in Israel. In 2003, he was apprehended by Israel and sentenced to nine life terms with an additional 50 years for directing a 2002 suicide bombing in Safed that left nine Israelis dead and dozens wounded. He was released as part of the 2011 Schalit prisoner exchange and was deported to Gaza, where he formed Hamas “West Bank headquarters”, tasked with creating terrorist cells across Judea and Samaria. Hamas will do everything to avenge Farah. The means of revage are manifold and we know that Hamas executes those convicted of collaborating with Israel.
Israel must remain vigilant on Middle East dynamics, pursue mutual interests with friend.As long as the ayatollahs’ regime exists, Iran will pose a challenge to Israel. We can’t talk anymore about “Arab Spring” but we are talking about a log winter.Some countries have disintegrated, and some, like Iraq, Libya and Syria, are in the process of failing. The world in general and the Middle East in particular have undergone tremendous changes, not all of which could be predicted. We have four primary dangers to Israel in the region. The first threat is the conventional one, which has clouded Israel since its inception, namely regular armies with air forces and the ability to stage ground maneuvers. The second one is the nuclear threat; the third one is terrorist and guerrilla groups and the last one is the cyber dimension. It’s a relatively new threat, but we have already seen its power.
Lebanese President Michel ‘Aoun accused the Israeli Spy agency Mossad of murdering a Lebanese businessman in Angola this week. The Lebanese President said his government has information that indicates the Mossad was linked to the murder of Amine Bakri, a 56 year old Lebanese national from the Nabatiyeh area (ص ير ال غرب ي ة ) Sayr al Gharbiyeh in south Lebanon .This is not the first time Mossad is accused of murdering an Arab. Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi said that his government suspected the Mossad was behind the assassination of aviation engineer Mohammed Zawahri.