February 25, 2004
GSS (Shabak) commander Avi Dichter continues to promote the
construction of the fence as a barrier against terrorism – even as he says that it
appears to be on its way to becoming obsolete.
GSS (Shabak) commander Avi Dichter continues to promote the construction of
the fence as a barrier against terrorism – even as he says that it appears to
be on its way to becoming obsolete.
The Arabs of the Palestinian Authority, Dichter told the Foreign Affairs and
Defense Committee yesterday, “are investing heavily in making weapons to get
around the partition, including long-range artillery such as Kassam rockets.”
Neither the fence nor Sharon’s planned disengagement would have any affect on
such weapons, he said.
Dichter said that the terrorist elements in the PA are trying to transfer
information on artillery manufacture from Gaza to Judea/Samaria in order to be
able to attack Israel from there as well. “The organizations are working on
upgrading their materials and the destructive effect,” he told the committee, “by
using careful timing and even chemical materials in their attacks. The
Palestinian Authority areas are ‘terror-land’ and a refuge for terrorists. Terrorists
are very likely [at any given moment] to leave from there for attacks, while
the chances of the PA thwarting these attacks are almost zero… We may have
to carry out another Operation Defensive Shield [large-scale military operation
against terrorists] in Gaza.”
Dichter puzzled some, however, by saying that in light of the increasing
terrorist warnings, the importance of completing the fence has increased.
Regarding the construction of the fence in the Jerusalem area, he said that he wishes
he had a “virtual button to press to complete the fence right now.”