Palestinian Terrorists Devise More Sophisticated Weapons

The Israeli government is making a supreme effort to play down the enhanced sophistication of the weapons Palestinians are using for terrorist attacks, as well as the involvement of the Islamic State through its proxies in the Gaza Strip.
The Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip accompanied the start of their election campaign for 1.9 million Palestinian inhabitants with a new-fangled missile that exploded Wednesday, Oct. 4 in the residential center of the Israeli town of Sderot, just one kilometer across the border.
This was the first GPS-guided rocket known to have come from Hamas’ arsenal It explained the unusual precision of the normally hit-or-miss performance of Hamas’ regular short-range Qassam missiles.
DEBKA Weekly’s counter-terrorism sources also reveal the discovery of a novel bomb belt going into use for
Palestinian suicide attacks: The terrorist has no control over the detonation mechanism. It goes off when the terrorist’s pulse stops beating. Shooting the terrorist can’t stop the explosion, because it is triggered by his death. The only way is to avoid harm is shoot him/her from afar and make sure there are no people anywhere near.
The Palestinians have a long history of devising innovative terrorist tactics and methods, many of which were picked up by Al Qaeda – from hijacking passenger planes, the use of bomb belts and the introduction of cell phones for remotely controlled explosions.
On Thursday, Oct. 6, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas aka Abu Mazen, 81, was hospitalized in Ramallah when he felt unwell. He underwent catheterization. He took ill the day after four influential Arab rulers, after pushing him in vain to name a successor, nominated their favorite candidate: Nasser al-Qudwa, nephew of the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat and former PLO ambassador to the UN.
He is the choice of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahryan, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Egyptian President Abdel Fatteh el-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah II.
Al-Qudwa, born in 1953, gained a reputation during his term as ambassador at the UN as a shrewd diplomat who is familiar with the international scene. In 2005, after Arafat’s death, he returned to PA headquarters in Ramallah and served a stint as foreign minister.
The same quartet of Arab rulers decided that Abu Mazen’s hated rival, Mohammed Dahlan, would act as Al-Qudwah’s right hand lieutenant.

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