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LIKE CLOCKWORK: Israel eases shipping in Gaza, Hamas responds to gesture by promising commando attacks from the sea

Same day Israel announces it will loosen shipping limitations, Hamas leader says its naval commandos will be a gamechanger in next war.

By Dalit Halevy


Israel just last Friday eased shipping limitations for Gaza despite the threat of weapons smuggling, and the very same day a senior Hamas head threatened naval commando attacks against Israel from the sea.

The Gaza fishermen’s union last Friday announced Israel had promised to extend the distance off the southern Gaza coast that Gazan fishermen can sail from six to nine nautical miles, with the change set to come into effect on Sunday.

But during his Friday sermon, Ahmed Bahar, deputy speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) and a senior leader of Hamas, threatened attacks from the Mediterranean Sea targeting Israel.

In his sermon at the Al-Khalidi Mosque in Gaza, which was published by the Hamas paper Palestine on Saturday, Bahar said that the naval forces of the Palestinian “resistance” organizations, and in particular the naval commandos of Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades, would set new rules of engagement in the next war against Israel.

He said that they would not allow Israel’s naval blockade on Gaza to continue. The blockade, which is legal according to international law, is meant to prevent the influx of weapons to the local terror organizations.

Bahar said that the path of the “struggle,” namely terrorism, is the only way and the shortest path to liberate


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