From the Washington Times, “Army says fighting likely after pullout”
…In an interview in Tel Aviv this week, a senior military source told United Press International that the militant Palestinian groups’ leaders and operational commanders assume the calming-down period — or tahadiyah in Arabic — will not last long…
Members of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah’s Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade “whose commitments are conditional” want to resume fighting, the source said.
The groups are arming, recruiting, training and planning for the next round of fighting, the senior officer said.
Thousands of guns, including Kalashnikov assault rifles and handguns, are smuggled from Egypt into the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Prices have dropped, indicating some of the demand has been met.
Other weapons include rocket-propelled grenades, explosives, anti-tank rockets and probably Strella anti-aircraft missiles, the source said.
Some go to the Gaza Strip and some are smuggled across Israel’s Negev desert to the West Bank. They are sold to individual Palestinians or to groups that store them. Hamas has its own smuggling system, the officer said.
Egypt and the Palestinian Authority are making “a greater effort that in the past” to stop the traffic but are not doing all they can, he said.
They know who the smugglers are but instead of going after them, they try to seal the tunnels that pass under the narrow Israeli strip at the southern edge of Gaza.
In some instances, Israel provided the Palestinian Authority with the smugglers’ names.
“They promised to take care of it, and I have not seen that done,” the source said.
Instead, Palestinian security officials warned smugglers that the Israelis were on their trail, he said. The Egyptians, too, “could do much more to stop the smuggling. They know the smugglers quite well,” he added.
The second major Palestinian militant effort is directed at developing rockets that can hit the Israeli town of Ashkelon, north of the Gaza Strip. The town of 100,000 is near strategic sites such an electric power plant.
Palestinian rockets have a range of 5.6 miles, and because militants cannot fire from the Israeli-controlled boundary line, they are working to extend the rockets’ range and conduct “very many” test firings into the sea, the source said.