By Aaron Klein
TEL AVIV — The Hamas leadership in Gaza is currently studying the possibility of firing rockets toward Tel Aviv, assassinating Israeli figures or launching suicide bombings inside Israel, according to senior Hamas members speaking to KleinOnline.
Also being debating by Hamas is the immediate use of antiaircraft and other advanced missiles to target Israel Air Force operations over the Gaza Strip, the Hamas members said.
The decisions are being taken during urgent meetings after Israel today eliminated Ahmed Jabari, the head of Hamas’s so-called military wing. Israel also launched dozens of surgical strikes in Gaza targeting the Hamas militant infrastructure.
Those Israeli strikes come after Hamas launched over 120 rockets and mortars from Gaza aimed at nearby Jewish civilian population zones since last Thursday.
The senior Hamas members said their group is simultaneously holding meetings between its own political and jihadist leadership as well as separate consultations with other Gazan-based jihad groups, including the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees.
Hamas is in contact with neighbouring Egypt to determine whether and how the new Egyptian government will back Hamas in any conflict with Israel, the Hamas members said.
According to the senior Hamas members speaking to KleinOnline, the responses Hamas is currently debating launching against Israel include:
1) Firing long range rockets aimed at Gedera and Rishon LeZion. The city of Rishon LeZion is about 7 miles from Tel Aviv and is considered a sister city to Tel Aviv. Such rocket firing would be considered a strategic game changer.
2) Launching suicide bombings inside Israel. Any attempted suicide attacks would most likely originate with the Hamas infrastructure within the West Bank. Israeli security sources told KleinOnline that Hamas maintains the capability of attempting suicide bombings from the West Bank.
3) Assassinating Israeli figures. The Hamas members said the group is already compiling a list of possible targets but would not comment to KleinOnline about whether those targets were political, military or civilian.
Further, the senior Hamas members said the group is likely to use antiaircraft and other advanced missiles against IAF airplanes operating over the Gaza Strip.
Israel today attacked some twenty underground sites where both Hamas and Islamic Jihad hid Iranian-provided Fajr rockets.
It was unclear whether the Israel Defense Forces was planning a ground invasion. There are reports that reservists have been called up and put on notice for possible mobilization.
The IDF saitold reporters today it is prepared for a ground operation in Gaza, if necessary.
“All options are on the table,” an IDF spokesman said. “If necessary, the IDF is ready to initiate a ground operation in Gaza.”