As Bombs Descend on Israel, Hamas Fighters Defecting to ISIS in Sinai

Now is the time to come down on them with an iron fist.

On Wednesday,  a rocket fired from Syria landed in Golan, and shortly thereafter, roughly 7 to 10 additional rockets were fired from Sinai into Eilat in Southern Israel. At least three of those missiles were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome defense system but several others exploded in the area. There is even footage of mortar shells falling into a local resident's swimming pool. 

ISIS took credit for the Sinai-based attack and vowed Israel's destruction. Disturbingly, ISIS now also has the aid of Hamas militants, many of whom have defected to the Islamic State in Sinai in recent years. The Times of Israel reports

A member of Hamas’s naval commando unit defected from the Gaza-based terror organization nearly a year ago to join the Sinai Province — the Islamic State group’s branch in the Sinai Peninsula, Palestinian sources told The Times of Israel.

Abed al-Wahad Abu Aadara, 20, from the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, was arrested approximately two months ago by Hamas while visiting Gaza due to his affiliation with IS. He has since been freed.

Although Abu Aadara is not the first Hamas operative to defect to IS, he is the first known member of the group’s naval commando unit to join its ranks.

The weeks following Abu Aadara’s arrest were marked by a dramatic increase in tensions between Hamas and IS, due in large part to the arrest of Gaza-based operatives identified with the group, as well as the reduction in the volume of goods being smuggled to the Gaza Strip from Sinai, which IS used as a means of pressuring Hamas in response to the arrests.

The report goes on to reveal that in recent years Hamas has seen dozens of members of its Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades defect to ISIS' division in Sinai. Of course these militants know the lay of the land, and Israel, well, making them of particular concern to the Jewish State: 

Many of these operatives left for Sinai with their families and relatives and now serve as the Sinai Province’s main points of contact with Hamas. These defectors include a number of Hamas’s experts on operating anti-tank missiles and assembling roadside bombs, who have provided substantial assistance to IS in its war against the Egyptian army.

Despite the apparent trend of Hamas operatives leaving the group in favor of IS, the terror organization continues to cooperate with the Sinai Province, in particular in relation to smuggling from Sinai into Gaza.

ISIS has vowed a war on Israel and Hamas militants are now the terror group's preferred bedfellow in realizing that goal. There has never been a more critical time for the U.S., under the new Trump administration, to destroy Palestinian terrorists and show even their so-called "moderate" leadership that the days of capitulation are over. 

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