Recently, Israel revealed that it
had arrested a Hamas operative (Jamal Abu Dueba) along the Gaza-Israel border
last month, and found him carrying tranquillizer pills. An investigation, and
interrogation, revealed that Dueba was trying to pass himself off as a drug
dealer. The plan was to sell the tranquilizers to Israeli soldiers as something
else (a recreational drug), and take a drugged Israeli soldier into Gaza via
one of the smuggling tunnel. Hamas is keen on kidnapping Israelis at the
Israel refused to free a 1,500, or even a thousand, Palestinians from jail, in
return for the release of an Israeli soldier held (for two years) by Hamas.
Israel has offered to release 450 Palestinians (and mostly low level offenders,
not the killers and terrorist leaders Hamas wants). Thus negotiations with
Hamas are deadlocked, although Hamas knows that it will obtain a substantial
ransom (in terms of freed prisoners) for that one Israeli captive.
the Israelis have been warning their citizens to beware visiting nations with
large Moslem populations, because Hezbollah has begun a large scale effort to
kill or kidnap Israelis overseas, this being the easiest way to strike at
Israel (at least according to Hezbollah thinking.)
Hamas has come
up with many schemes to kidnap Israeli soldiers or civilians. Israeli
intelligence tries to obtain information on these ploys, and alert soldiers and
civilians to adjust their behavior accordingly. So far, Palestinian and
Lebanese (who caught and killed two soldiers in 2006) terrorists have been
unsuccessful in grabbing additional victims. But they are trying real hard.