Muhammad Deif: We’ll strike in heart of Israel

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Muhammad Deif. Waiting for orders Photo: AFP
Senior Hamas member says commander of organization’s military wing ‘planning an attack against the Israeli occupation, and will not settle for the defensive fighting policy’; adds ‘organization has completed its preparations and is only waiting for orders’

Distress of Nations

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity the sea and the waves roaring;”
—Luke 21:25

Ishmael

“And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
—Genesis 16:12

Israel in the Last Days

“And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong. For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not: So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not.
—Zechariah 8:13-15

Muhammad Deif, the commander of Hamas’ military wing, has said that the movement will strike in the heart of Israel in the near future, a senior Hamas member said Tuesday.

The man, Sheikh Ahmed Hamdan from the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Younis, said that he recently met with Deif in his hiding place, and heard from him that Hamas will soon replace its defensive fighting policy with an offensive one.

According to Hamdan, “The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, plans to begin its attack against the Israeli occupation in the coming weeks, and will not settle for the defensive policy.”

Hamdan spoke as he visited the family of a Hamas gunman killed Monday morning in clashes with the IDF in the southern Gaza Strip. An Israeli soldier was also killed in the incident.

“Deif promised me that the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades will hit the Zionist enemy hard. The organization has completed its preparations and is only waiting for orders,” he said.

Deif is responsible for the deaths of dozens of Israelis in suicide bombings he planned. In 1992, he went into hiding and escaped at lease two assassination attempts. In one of the incidents, in which a missile was fired at him, Deif reportedly lost one of his eyes.

Deif inherited the command on Hamas’ military wing from Yehya Ayash, known as “the engineer,” who was assassinated in 1996. He was behind a series of severe terror attacks which were carried out in revenge for Ayash’s assassination.

He was responsible for sending terrorists to carry out suicide bombings in Jerusalem and Ashkelon, and was behind the groups that kidnapped and murdered IDF soldiers Nachson Waxman and Shahar Simani.

Deif, who knew he was being targeted by Israel, did everything to escape and slip away. At the end of 1996, he apparently escaped to Egypt, but he later returned to plan terror attacks. The more prominent terror activists were assassinated by Israel over the year, the more Deif became involved in planning attacks, including the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

In the past years, he and his deputy Adnan al-Rul, who was assassinated at the end of 2004, were involved in developing rockets. In the course of the years he was arrested by Palestinian security forces, but was released after short periods of time.

Various legends and myths have been associated with his health condition, some claiming that he suffered brain damage. Deif once appeared in a Hamas film, in which he issued a statement proving that he was still active.

  1. Linda, 01 November, 2007

    Let’s see, was that Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades or Dizzy al-Ding al-Ling Brigades?
    Anyway, if they strike in the heart of Israel, they’ll also be striking at the heart of the Almighty G-D of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob, & that not a smart move on their part.
    May HIS will be done on earth as it is in heaven, in Christ Jesus name.

  2. nanc, 01 November, 2007

    it will probably be the very last strike they EVER make.

    amen

  3. brotha Steve, 02 November, 2007

    This is really not surprising to read. The Scriptures warn us of end-time events such as these. If Muhammad Dief goes against the people of YHWH then he goes against YHWH. Out of obedience to The Scriptures we should pray for this man. Also out of obedience to The Scriptures we need to pray that YHWH bless His choosen people Israel, and bring peace to Jerusalem. We are oh so very near to life on this earth as we know it. So I ask, how fast can you blink? Are you ready?

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