Hamas to create first Palestinian Defense Ministry

The Jerusalem Post 7 December 2012
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

Announcement comes in response to lessons drawn from Operation Pillar of Defense, Hamas interior minister says. Hamas is about to establish its own "Defense Ministry” in the Gaza Strip as part of lessons drawn from Operation Pillar of Defense, Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hammad announced on Wednesday.

Hammad, who is in charge of the Hamas security apparatus in the Gaza Strip, made the announcement during a ceremony to honor policemen and security officers for their role during last month’s IDF air offensive. (continue reading...)