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Hamas Criticizes Israeli Army's Strategic Plan

Hamas Criticizes Israeli Army's Strategic Plan

Sunday, 16 February, 2020 - 11:45
Ramallah - Asharq Al-Awsat

Hamas Movement slammed Saturday the five-year plan prepared by Israeli Army Chief Commander Aviv Kochavi for his forces to deal with the expected challenges during the coming period. It said the plan affirms the “criminal mentality that governs the occupation leaders.”


The movement stressed that it is a plan of gangs that neglects all norms and humanitarian laws.


Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said Kochavi’s plan “seeks a lost victory and an impossible end for the battles launched by this aggressive army.”


Qassem explained that the Israeli army wants to replace its inability to resolve military battles by committing massacres against civilians.


Kochavi’s plan highlights the occupation army’s intention to destroy the resistance’s capabilities and try to liquidate half of its fighters, he added.


The spokesman stressed that this occupation hasn’t refrained from doing so in its previous wars, in which it wreaked deaths, destruction and sabotage, “yet it couldn’t achieve any of its aggression’s goals.”


“All these military plans and preparations for wars will never stop our people from carrying on with their resistance to grab their rights and freedom and end the occupation,” noted Qassem.


Hamas also stressed that the resistance will continue to accumulate power, exercise its duty to defend its people and move on with its liberation and return project.


“Our resistance will prevent the occupation from achieving any of its goals due to its bravery and unity in the battlefield, through the joint operations room, and the supporting people.”


Kochavi developed a plan for the next four years (2020 - 2024), dubbed the Momentum Plan, and it calls for strengthening the operational capabilities of the occupation army, upgrading the quantity and quality of armaments for the Air Force and turning the military into a deadly, high-tech force that fights in a unified manner at sea, on land, in air and in cyber and electronic warfare.


It also seeks to reduce the period of any future military confrontation for a few days or a few weeks, by strengthening military intelligence and developing “enemy detection capabilities” to attack it accurately.


Iran is high on the occupation army’s list of priorities, and Kochavi said he intends to appoint a full general to oversee all elements of the Iranian threat, from the Islamic Republic's nuclear program to its military expansion in the region.


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