The Head of the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate, Maj. Gen. Tamir Hayman, on Wednesday told an intelligence conference in Tel Aviv that Hamas is deterred from war with Israel after the last round of fighting.
“Hamas is greatly deterred from war and is deeply interested in staying the course of a ceasefire in which they expect to receive certain concessions,” he said.
Maj. Gen. Hayman added that it was “fascinating” to watch Hamas going through the process of trying to become a party which is responsible for building infrastructure and the Gaza area under its control.
The military intelligence chief warned that Islamic Jihad was a much more unstable force that still views itself as a resistance force which must act aggressively.
“The Islamic Jihad has a high potential of volatility. This group does not have the duties of a sovereign and so there is a potential for it to initiate [war],” Hayman said.
Addressing the Iranian threat, Hayman said that “The multi-dimensional pressure that we have been inflicting on Iran has led to a relative halt in its attempts to base itself in Syria. The motivation is still there,” but the ongoing Israeli attacks on Iranian assets has forced Tehran to look beyond Syria for areas it can exercise influence. “They are looking for other areas to base themselves outside Iran. Among these places is Iraq,” Hayman said.
[Sources: The Jerusalem Post, Jewish Press, Hamodia, The Times of Israel]