Hamas, the internationally recognized Islamic terrorist organization leading the Palestinian Authority, is swearing in a convicted Palestinian terrorist, Yahya Sinwar – a militant who a former Israeli security leader says “lives for killing.”
It is reported that the jihadist – who was released by Israel in 2011 during a lopsided prisoner exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit – will be taking the place of the outgoing Hamas chief, Ismail Haniyeh, to help beef-up the terrorist organization’s offensive against Israel.
The 55-year-old Sinwar, who hails from Khan Younis in Israel’s Gaza Strip, is a founding member of Hamas’ “military wing,” known as the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
Sinwar’s considerable jihadist background and extensive military experience are accompanied by a significant amount of time behind bars.
“In 1988, Sinwar was sentenced to four life terms for terror-related offenses, including the kidnapping and murder of two IDF soldiers,” CBN News reports. “At the time of his release, he had served 22 years.”
Soon after his sentence spanning more than two decades was up, the Islamic militant began rising up through the ranks until he reached the top of Hamas’ infrastructure. Now, he will reportedly become the most formidable figure in all of Gaza before adoring Palestinians.
A new, invigorated wave of terror
As Sinwar assumes his new post, many are fearing that he will unleash a new reign of terror as he leads the rebellious Palestinians against their Israeli neighbors.
“Officials across the political spectrum see Sinwar as a destabilizing force in the region,” CBN News’ Tzippe Barrow pointed out. “His position is considered more extreme than any of his peers.”
Sinwar’s extremism was evidenced when he refused a swap that would have freed more than a thousand of his fellow Islamic militants for just one Israeli.
“[H]e was against the release of 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Shalit because he thought it favored Israel too much,” Barrow added.
Former Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) director, MK Avi Dichter, who served with the Jewish State during the second intifada from 2000 to 2004, says Sinwar feeds off violence and bloodshed.
"[Sinwar] lives for killing," the Israeli security leader expressed, according to CBN News.
Dichter maintains that the Palestinian jihadist did not skip a beat while incarcerated.
"Even when he was in prison, he continued his activities," Dichter insisted, according to The Jerusalem Post. "This appearance – that Hamas has a political branch and a military branch – was always wrong, and today, it's officially gone."
With Sinwar taking the helm within Israel’s borders, the Jewish security expert insists that his nation must take all precautions to resist Sinwar’s upcoming onslaught.
"[Sinwar’s appointment makes it quite evident that Israel] should strengthen our abilities to destroy [the] Hamas infrastructures in Gaza because they might use them sooner than we thought," Dichter impressed.
Sinwar’s wrath has reportedly been directed not only against his enemies, but against those who defy him within his own ranks.
“Even among his fellow jihadists, Sinwar's reputation as a ruthless killer is well known,” Barrow reported from CBN News’ Jerusalem Bureau. “He's thought to have masterminded the assassination of a senior Hamas battalion commander last year in what was perceived as an internal power struggle.”