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The Iron Dome defense system has proved its worth, helping defeat many of the terrorist rockets launched on Israel over the past weeks. But Hamas’ extensive system of attack tunnels that are still being uncovered by the IDF, writes Jeffrey Goldberg, illustrates the terrorist group’s true, murderous goals and shows how Israel must continue to respond:
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But there is no Iron Dome for tunnels. The tunnels give me real pause. It’s hard enough to imagine a situation in which your neighbors are quite intentionally trying to blow up your house and kill your children with rockets. But Hamas’s well-developed kidnapping strategy represents a whole other category of depravity. The handcuffs and tranquilizers are mere baroque, Pulp Fictionish details. The core depravity of Hamas is its longstanding policy of treating every Jew as a target for elimination.
So I would ask this question: What would you want your government to do if your enemy was digging tunnels under your village, in order to pop out at night to kill or kidnap you? Could you imagine taking the risk that members of your family might be seized, dragged underground, handcuffed and tranquilized, and then held in the dark, perhaps for years, perhaps never to come home? Hamas terrorists have recently emerged from these tunnels inside Israel multiple times. This is not a theoretical threat …
The tactical goals are to terrorize Israelis and bring about the international delegitimization of Israel. The strategic goal — the theological goal, in fact — is to bring about the end of their country.
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 8:44 AM | Stand For Israel
In an interview for CBS yesterday morning, Charlie Rose spoke with Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas leader safely hidden in Qatar during the conflict in Gaza. Among other topics, when Rose pressed Meshaal whether he would recognize Israel as a Jewish state, Meshaal answered, “No.” Watch the interview above.Comments (5) »
Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 1:59 PM | Stand For Israel
In this fascinating interview with CNN, the son of one of the founders of Hamas discusses the terror organization’s tactics and ultimate goals. Now a Christian, Mosab Hassan Yousef details how the group his father helped found aims not only to kill Palestinian civilians but to destroy the Jewish state, as well.Comments (21) »
Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 9:45 AM | Stand For Israel
Although some in the world media are yet again – unfairly – championing Hamas as some kind of David to Israel’s Goliath, Professor Eli Avraham writes a hopeful piece in Israel Hayom, saying that the international community seems to be catching onto the terrorists’ media strategy:
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This time, however, the international community is aware of Hamas’ nefarious tactics, thanks to the intensive reporting by foreign correspondents on the ground and Israel’s public diplomacy efforts. This exposure has prompted European foreign ministers to protest Hamas’ use of human shields.
Moreover, the rise in anti-Semitic attacks against Jews in Europe have prompted Germany and France to bar anti-Israeli demonstrations at this time, while numerous European nations have expressed their unequivocal support for Israel’s right to self-defense.
Many Israelis are frustrated that Palestinian casualties win extensive international media coverage, while casualties in other war-torn countries garner only minimal exposure …
Hamas, it seems, has encountered difficulties in preserving the momentum of media and political attacks on Israel, given the changes the Arab world is undergoing. The exposure of its use of human shields and its persecution of Christians … has caused its media strategy to falter. Hamas has failed to garner the international media attention and therefore failed to mark the political success it had hoped for.
Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 8:51 AM | Stand For Israel
As the international media continues to bring us pictures of the civilian casualties in Gaza, it does little to show us the Hamas leadership behind them, or the fact that these terrorist leaders are hiding among said civilian population. Writing at the Gatestone Institute, Bassam Tawil discusses the fact that many journalists are allowing Hamas to get away with these crimes against humanity:
Hamas and its Palestinian and Western propagandists continue to insist that the Islamist movement does not use civilians in the Gaza Strip as human shields during war. But the truth is that Hamas itself has admitted that it does use innocent civilians as human shields, to increase the number of casualties and defame Israel in the eyes of the international community.
This admission, however, has, of course, gone unnoticed by most Western journalists and analysts reporting on the war in the Gaza Strip. Many Western journalists in the Gaza Strip choose to ignore the fact that Hamas is forcing civilians to serve as human shields. They also seem to ignore the fact that senior Hamas officials and militiamen have found shelter among civilians and in hospitals, especially Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital …
One foreign journalist explained that asking such a question would have “endangered my life.” Another admitted over coffee that he and his colleagues were too scared to report news that would anger Hamas and other radical groups.
“We know that Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields,” the reporter, who asked not to be identified, said. “But why would you report this when you are sitting in the middle of the Gaza Strip, surrounded by Hamas gunmen?”
Besides the human shields story, there is another item that the international media also choose to ignore: the extrajudicial execution of Palestinian “collaborators” during the past two weeks.
Palestinian sources have confirmed that Hamas has executed at least 13 Palestinians on suspicion of “collaboration” with Israel. None of the suspects was brought to trial, and the executions were reportedly carried out in the most brutal…Read More » Comments (29) »
Monday, July 28th, 2014 at 8:39 AM | Stand For Israel
As we reported in today’s Daily Dispatch, Hamas has spent many years, hundreds of thousands of tons of concrete, and millions of dollars building its extensive system of terror tunnels. Now, Israeli security sources are saying that the IDF’s discovery of some of the tunnels has thwarted a large terror attack Hamas had planned for Rosh Hashanah:
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Hamas had apparently been preparing a murderous assault on Israeli civilian targets for the coming Jewish New Year Holiday, Rosh Hashanah, which begins on September 24, according anonymous sources in the Israeli security services, as reported today by the Israeli daily Maariv.
The Hamas plan consisted of what was to be a surprise attack in which 200 fighters would be dispatched through each of dozens of tunnels dug by Hamas under the border from Gaza to Israel, and seize kibbutzim and other communities while killing and kidnapping Israeli civilians.
Israeli soldiers already frustrated a surprise assault by Hamas through one tunnel from Gaza into the Eshkol district of Israel on July 19. The Hamas fighters escaped back into the tunnel, but the clash cost the lives of two Israel Defense Force [IDF] troops.
Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 9:48 AM | Stand For Israel
As the IDF continues Operation Protective Edge – finding and destroying Hamas’ massive system of tunnels used for smuggling weapons into Gaza and sneaking terrorists into Israel – Liel Leibovitz brings us an informative piece at Tablet that not only puts into perspective how the terrorist organization created these tunnels (using 800,000 tons of concrete) but why they did so:
What else might that much concrete build? Erecting Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, required 110,000 tons of concrete. Hamas, then, could’ve treated itself to seven such monstrosities and still had a few tens of thousands of tons to spare. If it wanted to build kindergartens equipped with bomb shelters, like Israel has built for the besieged citizens of Sderot, for example—after all, noted military strategists like Jon Stewart have spent last week proclaiming that Gaza’s citizens had nowhere to hide from Israel’s artillery—Hamas could have used its leftovers to whip up about two that were each as big as Giants Stadium. And that’s just 18 tunnels. Egypt, on its end, recently claimed to have destroyed an additional 1,370. That’s a lot of concrete …
So, where did Hamas get all that concrete? Most of it came from you and your government. Hamas got its hands on the supplies it needed to build the tunnels after it pleaded with the international community last year to help redeem Gaza from the throes of a humanitarian crisis, caused by the fact that both Israel and Egypt closed their borders to Gaza, because both countries grew tired of having their soldiers and citizens murdered by terrorists. Needless to say, Israel’s concerns about how the concrete would be used were universally derided in the West as inflicting cruel and needless suffering on the people of Gaza—who, needless to say, didn’t receive any of the concrete for their own use. The priorities of Ismail Haniyeh’s government were crystal clear—to use all resources at their disposal to launch another war with Israel …
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Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 8:54 AM | Stand For Israel
As we reported yesterday, a second stash of terrorist rockets have been found hidden in a U.N.-run school in Gaza. The first group of rockets – found in a similar school last week – were handed over to the police, The Daily Beast reports … except this police force is connected to the very terrorists who wish to launch them at Israel:
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When 20 rockets were discovered last week in a U.N.-funded school in Gaza, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees was quick to condemn the storage of weapons of war in a building meant to educate children.
But rather than turn them over to a third party, or arrange for their disposal, the agency, known as UNRWA, handed them over to the local police force, which was established by Hamas, and is believed to be under the militant group’s control. In other words, the supposedly neutral agency may have given weapons to one of the combatants in a conflict that has claimed more than 360 lives in the past two weeks.
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 10:00 AM | Stand For Israel
While the terrorist rockets launched from Gaza toward Israel and her people are terrifying, David Horovitz of The Times of Israel writes that the nation is in anguish over another threat – the terrorists’ tunnel systems, and the mounting death toll of Israel’s finest young people tasked with finding and destroying them:
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Our soldiers are our future. They’re the youngsters among us, who have been required because of Israel’s unique geographic and geostrategic peril to place themselves on the front line for years of service before their young lives have really begun. We feel guilty that we’ve pitched them into war. We, the safe civilians, draw our strength from the sky-high level of their determination and motivation to protect us. We wish it were us, the grownups, who were on the front line. We’d have much preferred for the rockets, targeting all of us, to have been the chief threat …
The prime danger, the second half of the terror strategy that has required us to send our troops into Gaza, has turned out to be Hamas’s cross-border tunneling, the scale of which was not publicly known until the last few days.
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 8:45 AM | Stand For Israel
As the count of Israeli soldiers killed in action rises, and as Gazans lose their lives during the IDF’s operation against Gaza-based terrorists, there is but one party at fault for all of the losses. Writing at Commentary, Max Boot places the blame squarely on Hamas, stating that the disproportionate death toll does not mean that Israel is the aggressor, but is the result of Hamas’ insistence on attacking Israel and its refusal to care about the Palestinian people in Gaza:
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In a sense both sides are the victims of Hamas’s leaders who refuse to recognize Israel’s existence or to give up their armed struggle against it. If only the Hamas leaders had done what normal democratic politicians would have done when Israel evacuated the Gaza Strip in 2005: which is to say, if only they had focused on economic development, then none of this would have happened. Israel would have happily cooperated in boosting living conditions in Gaza; it only instituted a blockade on Gaza, with exceptions for humanitarian supplies, when it became clear that it was becoming an armed base for an attack on Israel. In fact wealthy Jewish donors even gave the Palestinians 3,000 greenhouses left behind by settlers. But instead of growing flowers, Hamas prefers to harvest hatred. The greenhouses were looted and covert rocket factories were constructed …
… the odds are heavy that Hamas will remain in charge after Israel’s operation ends–and Palestinians will continue to pay the price for its extremism time and again.
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 at 9:08 AM | Stand For Israel