New Hamas Terror Tunnels Not Only in Gaza; Is a Full-Scale War Looming?
Hamas has resumed its building of terror tunnels since the end of Operation Protective Edge, only this time it’s also happening in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.
The Israeli Security Agency (Shin Bet) discovered three Hamas terror tunnels in recent weeks in the Palestinian-ruled areas of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, Ha’aretz reported.
This is in addition to the tunnel digging that’s been going on near the Gaza border. During Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, the IDF eliminated 32 tunnels. There is evidence that Hamas has resumed the effort on a large scale after the implementation of the ceasefire, and it’s reasonable to assume that they now have about the same number of tunnels as before the war.
The tunnels were part of a massive plot by Hamas to smuggle 200 terrorists into the south of Israel in order to kill and kidnap civilians and soldiers.
“In mid-December,” Ha’aretz notes, “Hamas eulogized an operative who had been one of Gilad Shalit’s guards when theIDF soldier was held captive between 2006 and 2011. The man, the organization said, had been killed following the collapse of a tunnel ‘east of Khan Yunis.’ The only thing in Gaza that’s east of Khan Yunis is the Israeli border.”
In fact, Hamas is using the cement it receives for humanitarian purposes to rebuild its terror tunnels instead ofrehabilitating the Gaza Strip, a senior IDF officer charged recently.
The Ha’aretz article questions whether Hamas is seeking another military confrontation with Israel. While it would seem unlikely, as Gaza has not recovered from the damage inflicted during Protective Edge, two other scenarios are possible.
“The first is that a successful Hamas attack in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] will spur an Israeli response against the group in Gaza, which will lead the parties into a confrontation
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