Military Intelligence: Militants Planning Attacks, Despite Cease-fire

Terror organizations are planning strategic attacks if the cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinian Authority breaks down, Military Intelligence research chief Brigadier-General Yossi Kuperwasser warned the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee yesterday.

Kuperwasser said he believed that some attacks have already been planned down to the finest of details, and the groups are capable of launching the attacks almost immediately.

He also told the Knesset members that the organizations are continuing to build an infrastructure to carry out attacks, particularly in the Gaza Strip, despite the cease-fire and recent lull in violence. The panel heard that the militants are continuing to produce rockets and mortar shells, and are continuing to experiment with Qassam rockets and other weapons.

Kuperwasser did, however, go on to praise the Palestinian Authority's measures against terrorism. He said that there has been a significant increase in the PA's efforts to stop terror attacks, and its security forces are arresting terrorists, a move not seen during Yasser Arafat's tenure as chairman.

Kuperwasser's comments echo those made earlier in the week by outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon, who said that the "Palestinians have started to dismantle the terror infrastructure."

At a meeting of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee yesterday, chief military prosecutor Brigadier General Avi Mandelblit said the defense establishment will not reverse its decision to end the policy of punitive house demolitions, even if there is an increase in the level of terror activity, as the demolitions do more harm than good.