The military chief of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Ahmed Jabari was in charge of overseeing the imprisonment of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit who was captured by Palestinian terrorists in 2006 outside of the Gaza Strip. When a prisoner exchange was arranged handing back Shalit to Israel in return for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in October 2011, Jabari personally escorted Shalit to the Rafah Crossing with Egypt, making a rare public appearance. In an interview with al-Hayat newspaper, Jabari confirmed that most of the 477 prisoners released in the first part of the prisoner exchange were collectively responsible for the deaths of 569 Israeli civilians.
Due to his involvement with Hamas’ military activities in the Gaza Strip, Jabari was arrested by the Preventive Security Force of the Palestinian Authority in 1998. He was released in late 1999. In 2002, Jabari became the operational head of the militant wing at the height of the Second Intifada.
It is widely believed that Jabari along with Deif played the leading role in Hamas’ takeover of the Gaza Strip from the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in June 2007.
The following quote is representative of the true nature of the leaders:
“Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades have taken it upon themselves to empty Israeli
jails of all prisoners regardless of their political positions or their ideology.” (October 23, 2011)
On November 14, as part of Operation Pillar of Defense, the IDF targeted Ahmed Jabari, in the Gaza Strip. The targeting was a surgical operation in cooperation with the Israeli Security Agency, that was implemented on the basis of concrete intelligence and using advanced capabilities.
The purpose of this operation was to severely impair the command and control chain of the Hamas leadership, as well as its terrorist infrastructure.