‘Looming disaster’: Hamas releases video of operatives shooting at Israeli communities

Ynet reported that Hamas is paying people between 500 and 1000 shekels to take a video of themselves shooting into Israeli communities and distribute the footage.

By Jack Elbaum, The Algemeiner

Hamas has begun releasing videos terrorists opening fire into Israeli towns, raising fears the Palestinian terror group will eventually try to stage a significant attack.

On Wednesday, Hamas terrorists in Tulkarm opened fire into the Israeli village of Bat Hefer, which is across the Green Line. They staged the attack from the top of a hill.

This is not the first time it has occurred.

Last month, terrorists in the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades — the armed wing of Fatah, the political party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas — fired into the Israeli community as well.

Yoav Zitun, a military correspondent for Ynet News, reported that Hamas is paying people in the territories between 500 and 1000 shekels who take a video of themselves shooting into Israeli communities and distribute the footage.

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Seth Frantzman, an adjunct fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and executive director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis, responded to the report on X/Twitter, writing it “reminds me of the Great Return March antics of Hamas that paved the way to Oct. 7.”

For the march, Hamas mobilized more than 40,000 people to try and breach the fence between Gaza and Israel to attack its citizens.

Rioters lit fires, threw stones at the Israel Defense Forces, and attempted to plant a bomb on the fence and breach it.

Hamas paid people between $200 and $500 if they were injured and $3,000 if they were killed.

Terrorist attacks from the West Bank against Israeli targets have been on an upswing. Last month, terrorists shot from within the West Bank into the Israeli kibbutz Ma’ale Gilboa.

Beyond shooting attacks, a terrorist killed two Israeli soldiers in Nablus in a ramming attack this week.

The terror incidents in the West Bank began to increase more than a year ago, but they have continued to occur since Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre across southern Israel.

Frantzman called the situation a “looming disaster.”

“The rising attacks in the West Bank using the masses of stolen weapons will eventually become more sophisticated and can lead to an Oct. 7-type event because Israel has ignored security in the West Bank as it did at the other borders and allowed terror groups to exponentially grow over the last years,” he wrote.

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The concern has been made more acute by the fact that the Palestinian Authority, which controls the Palestinian areas of the West Bank, is increasingly weak.

In certain cities, such as Jenin, terrorist groups have effectively made the PA police obsolete and now have a significant ability to operate.

This is compounded by the fact that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to take punitive measures against the PA, which could make it more likely to collapse and create a vacuum for terrorists to assert greater control.

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