Hamas Titans, hunted by Israel for more than 20 years

  After 11 days of intense conflict, the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (hereinafter referred to as Hamas) and Israel finally ushered in a ceasefire in the early hours of May 21. The Israeli military said 4,340 rockets had been fired from the Gaza Strip since the escalation of the conflict. Statistics show that 12 Israelis were killed and more than 50 seriously injured in the conflict. In the Israeli air strikes, 232 Palestinians were killed, including 65 children, and 19,000 were injured.
  Although the ceasefire agreement came into effect, the two sides remained heavily guarded. The Israeli army said that the front-line troops had not withdrawn, and the military would assess the security situation and “respond strongly to violations of the ceasefire.” Hamas said that “the rockets are still loaded” and that if the Israeli army strikes again and shells Gaza, it will “immediately fly into Israel.” On the evening of the 21st, Israeli Defense Minister Gantz said that all leaders of Hamas “are still potential targets of the Israeli army”, warning that “the next round (conflict) may be far away from us, or it may be very close,” and said that the Israeli army Will eventually “successfully kill Muhammad Dave”.
‘Most Wanted’ escapes assassination again

  The ceasefire came into effect at 2 am. In Gaza, East Jerusalem and other places, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets, cheering with flags and slogans, and some setting off fireworks. Hamas issued a statement immediately, saying they “humiliated the Israeli army with tenacious will and fearless military action”. Baraki, an ally of Hamas and an official of the Palestinian political faction Islamic Jihad, said Israel’s announcement of an unconditional ceasefire was a “failure for Netanyahu” and a “victory for the Palestinian people”.

On May 19, 2021, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefed ambassadors to Israel on the battle ahead at the Hakiria military base in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar. His Gaza home was bombed by Israeli forces, but he was not at home when the air strikes took place.

  The Israeli army claimed that they had achieved “the main military objective”. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech that the Israeli army “hit Hamas with the least cost and to the greatest extent”, destroying most of the underground fortifications in Gaza and Hamas’ arsenal, killing more than 200 Hamas The “terrorists” of Sri Lanka, including several senior commanders and field commanders of the Qassan brigade, “those who were not killed should know that Israel’s hands are very long.” “Those who were not
  killed” included Hamas subordinates Dave, head of the armed faction Kassan Brigade. On May 10, the security situation on the Gaza border deteriorated. Armed personnel fired more than 1,000 rockets at Israel. The Israeli army activated the “Iron Dome” anti-missile system to intercept it, but there were still casualties. The Israeli army then launched a large-scale attack on the Gaza Strip, causing a large number of civilian casualties. On May 12, the Israeli army and intelligence agencies jointly killed several “senior members of the Hamas General Staff” in Gaza. Subsequently, the Israeli Air Force launched two more air strikes on Dave’s hiding place, but he escaped. The Israeli army also raided the homes of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar and others.
  The “Washington Post” stated that Hamas has carried out suicide bombings against Israel and kidnapped Israeli soldiers for many years, all under the command of Dave. The Israeli side has long since included him on the list of “targeted removal”. The so-called “targeted killing” is a precise assassination that uses state power. Countries use this method to remove specific individuals who are not within their control. There are many specific means, including drone strikes, cruise missile attacks, and special forces raids. .
  The Israeli army used “targeted killing” to deal with its opponents very early, to remove its leaders, and then to destroy its chain of command. Many senior officials of various Palestinian political forces have been attacked by “targeted killings”. In 2001, Mustafa, the general secretary of the Palestinian Popular Front (PF), was killed by an Israeli missile, and then the PFLP militia assassinated the Israeli right-winger Zewi, and the conflict between Palestine and Israel broke out fiercely. In 2004, the two founders of Hamas, Yassin and Rantisi, were killed in a series of “targeted killings” within a month.
  According to the media, the chief of the Israeli army’s general staff carried a notebook on which hundreds of “targeted removal” targets were recorded. Once cleared, the name will be crossed over. Over the years, Dave has been the “Number One” on the list. Since 2001, the Israeli army has repeatedly assassinated him without success. On that occasion in 2014, he escaped at the last minute, but his wife and eight-month-old daughter died at the scene. During the protracted fight, Dave was deprived of an eye, an arm and a leg.
Hamas’ military brain

  On the outskirts of Tel Aviv, Israel, there is a building that is brightly lit all night. It is the seat of the Shin Bet, the intelligence agency responsible for Israel’s national security, and gathers Israel’s best front-line agents.
  For a long time, Dave could be described as a “special person” in Shin Bet. In order to assassinate him, Shin Bet set up a special command center, where intelligence from informants, drones and satellites was collected from time to time. The Israeli military Based on this information, an assassination plan is formulated. Much to the chagrin of Israel, Dave was always able to escape by accident, even if he was seriously injured.
  Dave was born in the Khan Younis refugee camp in the Gaza Strip in 1965 and joined the Muslim Brotherhood as a teenager. This group was active in Palestine and laid the social foundation for the later establishment of Hamas. In the 1980s, Dave entered the Islamic University of Gaza to study. The school is an important cultural institution of the Hamas organization, and many Hamas leaders have graduated from the school. During his time at school, Dave was very active and served as a representative of the school’s student union. Later he came to the fore and gradually became an important figure in Hamas.
  Established in 1987, Hamas is one of the main Palestinian militant groups. It has long refused to recognize Israel and has repeatedly clashed with Israel. Hamas has always been tough on Israel, and Israel is also “tough on tough”. In 2007, Hamas also expelled the Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah) by force, seized actual control of the Gaza Strip, and later reconciled under the mediation of Egypt.

  In 1990, Dave joined the Qassan Brigade, a military branch of Hamas, at the recommendation of his friend Adnan Gülle. Guler is one of the founders of the Kassan Brigade. He designed and manufactured home-made rockets and anti-tank missiles used to launch attacks on Israeli targets, and has been called the “father of the Qassan rocket” by members of Hamas. After joining the Kassan Brigade, Dave “apprentice” bomb expert Yahya Ayash, learning to make powerful explosives from the only materials. On January 6, 1996, Ayash was “targeted elimination” by Israel. To avenge Master, Dave launched a series of retaliatory bombings within a week, killing 58 Israelis. That was the first time the Israelis had heard Dave’s name. Israeli agents quickly caught him, but he managed to escape from prison by taking advantage of the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
  Dave’s experience, coupled with his bomb-making expertise, has made him increasingly influential within Hamas. At Hamas rallies, his name is often mentioned by his peers; when Hamas personnel are raided or assassinated by Israel, supporters will chant his name, urging him to take revenge. Dave obtained weapons and explosives through his own means, developed Turkish rockets in a secret arsenal in Gaza, and established a mobile unit specializing in launching bomb attacks on Israel.
The ghosts didn’t rely on drilling the tunnel?

  Although Dave is well-known, he has been “hidden” for a long time, and it is difficult to find his information, and video materials about him are even rarer. In 2005, the Associated Press obtained a video through special means of a man in a dark shirt calling himself Dave, sitting in a chair and speaking in a low voice. The quality of the video is relatively high, and the logo of the Hamas military branch is clearly visible, but it is still impossible to tell where Dave is hiding from the video.
  Dave has been living a private life since 1992. He himself is arbitrary and very secretive, sometimes spending months in one place, even one room. His real name is Mohammad Diab Ibrahim Masri. Because he was constantly changing his hiding place, people called him “Dave” (meaning “guess” in Arabic). Even members of the Hamas organization have rarely seen him with their own eyes, and they all learned about the attack tasks he arranged through audio recordings. Except for a few bodyguards who were completely cut off from the outside world, no one knew where Dave was.
  According to Israeli media analysis, Dave, who has limited mobility, will escape the “targeted removal” attack many times, all because he is good at deploying and building underground tunnels. More and more tunnels were built soon to form a vast underground system in Gaza, some of which went deep into Israel. Hamas members can use the tunnels to hide, deploy and move munitions and weapons, where they can hide after firing rockets at Israel and then quickly move elsewhere. According to Russian media reports, the Israeli army announced this time that it had “destroyed nearly 100 kilometers of underground tunnels”. Obviously, this is also the way to cut off Dave’s “earth escape”.
  Israel’s former national security adviser Ailand once said: “Hamas’s decision-maker is Dave.” An Israeli military analyst said that Dave is the main obstacle to the ceasefire between Palestine and Israel. There are also analysts who say there are differences between Hamas’ political leaders and military policymakers. According to Russian media reports, a spokesman for the Kassan brigade said in a statement on the organization’s website that they were preparing to “launch a large-scale rocket attack on the enemy” before the ceasefire, but it was suspended because “we agreed to a ceasefire to monitor the enemy’s behavior.”
  At present, the Israeli cabinet has accepted the unconditional ceasefire initiative, and Nunu, an adviser to Hamas’s political bureau chief, said that if Israel abides by the ceasefire agreement, Hamas will also abide by it. The UN Security Council issued a statement stating: “The members of the Security Council welcome the announcement of the ceasefire to begin on May 21 and recognize the role played by countries such as Egypt, the United Nations, the Middle East Quartet and other international partners. The Security Council calls for the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement.” Palestine The Jerusalem Times wrote that the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the bitter fruit of the U.S. government’s blindly partiality to Israel’s Middle East policy, and it is the general outbreak of the Palestinian people’s dissatisfaction with the United States. Ding Long, a professor at the Institute of Middle East Studies at Shanghai International Studies University, said: “This round of conflict is the result of the United States’ blind preference for Israel over the past few years and continued violation of the basic rights of the Pakistani side.” During the Trump administration, the United States favored Israel overwhelmingly and forced the Pakistani side to into desperation. Before the end of his term, Trump spared no effort in coordinating the establishment of diplomatic relations between Arab countries and Israel, which divided the Arab world and plunged Pakistan into unprecedented isolation. The actions of the United States have seriously damaged the interests of the Palestinian side, making the isolated and helpless Pakistani side into despair, and the anger of the Palestinians has accumulated for a long time.
  Mohammad Dave,
  formerly known as Mohammed Diab Ibrahim al-Masri, was born in 1965. In 1990, he joined the Qassan Brigade, an armed faction organized by Hamas, and later became its leader. Israel listed him as “Most Wanted” and pursued him for more than 20 years without success.

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