With no sign of life from three kidnapped Israelis teens six days after their disappearance, the IDF pressed on with its comprehensive West Bank operation Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, arresting 65 Palestinians, 51 of whom were Hamas members released as part of the 2011 deal for captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.And work is being done to clamp down on Hamas institutions:
The army also raided the facilities of Radio Al-Aqsa in Ramallah and Hebron.
[...] According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, 240 Palestinians, including 180 members of Hamas, have been arrested as part of Operation Brother’s Keeper, and 800 buildings have been searched, including 10 operations against da’wa institutions where Hamas recruits, disseminates information and transfers finances.
The military is expanding its activity in the West Bank to target Hamas’s civil infrastructure, a senior IDF officer said Wednesday, amid reports that Israeli forces were looking to widen a crackdown on the group in the wake of the kidnapping of three teenagers.It's good that they're cracking down on Hamas, but, what about the PLO's own operations, which are doubtless still functioning the same way? They're an equally bad influence, and can't be ignored either.
On Tuesday night, Israeli forces raided 10 Hamas institutions across the West Bank, confiscating documents and computers. The institutions include Hamas-linked charities in Hebron, Nablus and Jenin, as well as the offices of Hamas’s Al-Aqsa radio station in Ramallah and Hebron.
“Our campaign is aimed at Hamas all across the West Bank, targeting both its civilian and its military operations,” the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.
The IDF’s Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories, or COGAT, has been collecting information on Palestinian institutions suspected of having links to Hamas for years, as part of an operation called Biur Hametz, a reference to the pre-Passover tradition of burning unleavened bread.
The documents captured Tuesday night prove the institutions’ function as fronts for the recruitment of operatives and money laundering, the officer said.