As Hamas does not have what most would consider a conventional army, they are forced to come up with relatively low-tech, easily concealable weapons and tactics, while the Israeli military has the opposite challenge: a huge technological advantage, but a well-hidden enemy which can disappear at a moment's notice. This dynamic means an intense arms race is ongoing, and it's safe to assume both sides will continue to develop creative weapons and tactics.
Hamas uses a variety of small artillery rockets in attacks on Israeli settlements and military forces. Russian rockets called Katayusha are often used, as they are cheap and readily available. Hamas fighters have become best known for building their own homemade rockets, called Qassam. These rockets are often built in garages and machine shops with salvaged explosives and scrap metal, but have become remarkably accurate in recent years. Qassam rockets also have the advantage of being able to be fired quickly, with the operators able to flee within seconds of launch.
The Israeli military has become remarkably sophisticated in countering Hamas rockets, however. With American help and funding,has deployed Iron Dome, a surface-to-air missile system capable of automatically shooting down Qassam and Katayusha rockets. Radar-guided artillery and airstrikes are able to locate and attack launch sites very quickly.
The dominant kind of rockets that Hamas uses are Qassam Rockets -- Saarukh Qasaam (صاروخ قسام).
to stop the rocket attacks hamas is responsible for.
Hamas has declared an unceasing war against the Jewish people, but has only attacked them in Israel.
Israel and Hamas are not currently fighting anywhere. There are currently no Israeli military forces in Gaza and, as far as is known, no Hamas military forces in Israel.
Israel was right because Hamas was constantly attacking them. Note: The above answer is referring to the confrontation between Israel and Hamas called Operation Cast Lead which occurred in December of 2008 and January of 2009. In 1914, there was no such political organization as Hamas and there was no government called Israel. Therefore, the question as actually posed is meaningless. There were Jewish and Palestinian Militias operating in Ottoman Palestine at the time, but they were in their infancy and more directed against the Ottomans than against each other.
Hamas seeks the destruction of Israel and the removal of the Jews from the middle east. Israel only seeks to defend its borders, sometimes quite aggressively.
Israel won the Gaza War, but the internation reaction became a serious challenge for the state. Israel defeated Hamas both tactically and strategically, and succeeded in at least minimizing rocket attacks from Gaza.
The Gaza Strip is controlled by Hamas, and is not part of Israel.
A Hamas Government.Pretty much everything else you can find in Gaza exists in Israel.The reason that Israel is fighting against Gaza has to do with the belligerent attitude and activities of its government. Israel does not want the Gaza Strip to acquire the territory or the people.
Hamas refuses to recognize Israel whereas the previous Palestinian party in power, Fatah, is willing to recognize Israel and negotiate with them to degree. Therefore, when Hamas replaced Fatah as the legitimate government of the Palestinians by elections in 2006, Israeli relations with the Palestinian Authority soured in anticipation of the more doggedly Anti-Israel stance of Hamas.
Hamas was/is firing missiles at civilians in Southern Israel.The aim of the current operation is to stop Hamas from firing the missilesand improve the security situation for Israeli citizens.Because they are being attacked by Hamas, a terrorist government. elected by the people of Gaza...so Israel will defend herself.
Mainly Hamas, Hizbollah, Syria and Iran.
Hamas dictatorship which was created by the nation of Israel.
Gazan War of 2008-2009Neutral Name: Gazan War of 2008-2009Israeli Name: Operation Cast LeadArab Name: Gaza MassacreCause: Hamas fired numerous rockets into Israel as retaliation for the Israeli blockade of Gaza. Israel said that it needed the blockade since Hamas refuses to recognize the State of Israel and had previously engaged in continuous militant activity.Result: Israel won a decisive military victory against Hamas, destroying much of the infrastructure and capabilities of that organization.
The military wing of Hamas, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, is listed as a terrorist organization by Australian Authorities. Hamas has facilitated no violent action against Australia or Australian citizens as its main target remains Israel. However, an enemy of peace anywhere is an enemy of the peace everywhere.
Gaza is officially controlled by Hamas. Unofficially it is controlled by Israel.
It is a consequence of Hamas using civilians as a human shield.
Israel invaded the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip from December 2008 to January 2009.
Hamas' central goal is the eradication of Israel and its Jewish population and the creation of a unitary Arab Islamic Apartheid Palestinian State.
The latest war was Operation Pillar of Smoke, which was an Israeli Aircraft and missile assault retaliating against Hamas Missile Strikes in Israeli territory which intensified after Israelis targeted the leader of Hamas' militant wing for assassination.
Israel is still fighting Hamas, but not the other Palestinians.
Yes. Both the Palestinian Authority (formerly the Palestine Liberation Organization) and the Hamas Government of Gaza have engaged in terrorist activities to fight the State of Israel including, but not limited to: suicide bombings in civilian areas, rocket attacks against civilian targets, organizing school shootings, and kidnapping and murdering soldiers. In the last ten years, the position of the Palestinian Authority has become more moderated.
War of independence, 1948-49. Israel repels invaders to gain independence. 6-day war, 1967. Israel successfully defeats Egypt, Syria, Lebanon & Jordan to regain control of East Jerusalem. Gaza war, 2005. Israel withdraws from Gaza in response to heavy rocket attacks. 2ns Gaza war, 2008. 1100 Gaza residents killed in response to continues rocket attacks from Hamas.
Hamas believes that its mission is to liberate all of Israel for the Palestinian People and can accept no formal ceasing of fighting.
The main challenges are the Occupation, sanctions, lack of electricity, and lack of medical care and production.Specifically, Gazans do not have a strong urban infrastructure that can support the current population leading to high levels of malnutrition and overcrowding. There is minimal industry and internal production, both because of a genuine lack of raw materials and because those few raw materials that do come in are usually allocated to the Anti-Israel fighting. Gaza has a blockade both on land and at sea from both Israel and Egypt which prevents large-scale trade and development. Additionally, the Hamas government rules as a repressive quasi-fascist state, allowing human rights abuses against religious minorities (mostly Christians, but some Shiite Muslims -- there are no Jews in Gaza), holding curfews, and often using thugs to patrol the streets and kill dissidents.Of course, these are the problems that persist during "peacetime" when Israel and Hamas or Egypt and Hamas are not actively engaged in warfare. When warfare occurs, these problems are exacerbated, especially since there is minimal space for Palestinians to flee from Israeli aerial bombardment and most of Gaza's food, water, and electricity are provided by Israel, which leads to a conflict of interest during the fight.Answer:I'd like to point out that the "Occupation" mentioned above is actually perpetrated by Hamas itself. Gaza is not occupied by Egypt or Israel, both of which operate in Gaza only on a response-to-threats basis.People don't seem to realize just how much the Gazans are suffering at the hands of Hamas. For example, Israel built a field-hospital for wounded Gazans , and Hamas shelled it with rockets. Hamas has fired upon the power station that supplies Gaza with electricity. Hamas engages in human-rights abuses not only against women, and against Israeli citizens in Israel and Christians in Gaza, but against the entire civilian population of Gaza. In firing thousands of rockets against Israeli civilians, and in placing missile-launchers in schools, homes and hospitals, Hamas has brought unnecessary collateral damage on Gaza. The cowardly Hamas uses women and children to protect its weapons by putting them as a human shield near its weapons caches and rocket launchers. Also, in recent years they have not built so much as a single bomb shelter in Gaza, shelters that could save the lives of many civilians. Instead, they have used resources to build dozens of underground tunnels from which to attack Israel and try to destroy it.
It doesn't. It belongs to the Palestinian Authority, but is under Hamas Occupation.
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