It had to happen sooner or later. A terrorist group is taking a page out of the success of Western Civilization, and is planning to start a command staff college to learn how to improve their performance.
According to the officials, the school will be established in line with the lessons learned from Hamas's poor showing in Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip in January.
"Following the operation, Hamas realized that its field commanders had not been trained well enough in how to maneuver and fight against a conventional [and] well-trained military such as the IDF," explained one Israeli defense official.
Hamas, the official said, was often afraid to engage the IDF during Cast Lead, and as a result withdrew its forces from the areas in which Israel was operating.
"Hamas wants to learn how to fight against us," the official explained. "The group realizes that it needs to establish a real school to teach and train its field commanders."
All IDF field officers undergo at the army's Staff and Command College, which is based at Glilot. The training takes place throughout their careers, until they become brigade and division commanders.
Many Hamas commanders and fighters have been trained in Iran and Lebanon. According to Jane's Defense Weekly, the group has decided to fire 50 of its senior field commanders for poor performance against the IDF in January.