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 Israeli military uncovers first Hamas tunnel into Israel since 2014 war

"Officials say tunnel, which stretched several hundred metres from Gaza, shows group is continuing its tunneling efforts"


"The Israeli military has destroyed a Hamas tunnel that had penetrated southern Israel, the first to be detected since the end of the last war in Gaza in 2014.

The tunnel – about 30-40 metres deep, lined with concrete slabs and equipped with communication lines, air supply and rails for further excavation –was uncovered last week although its existence was only confirmed on Monday.

The tunnel reportedly penetrated into Israel in an area some distance from Israeli military bases and civilian homes.

Speaking at a media briefing, Lt Col Peter Lerner said the tunnel extended several hundred metres under Israel and was large enough for a man to stand in.

The announcement followed several days of debate by Israeli officials in the media about Hamas’s current military capacity and the organisation’s intentions.

Speculation that the military might have targeted a new tunnel was rife after Israeli bulldozers penetrated into Gaza last week east of the southern city of Rafah and close to the border.

According to the Palestinian Ma’an news agency, several Israeli bulldozers entered the southern Gaza Strip early on Thursday over flown by drones, which would fit with the timeframe described by the Israeli military.

The first such discovery since the 2014 war – when a number of offensive tunnels were used and uncovered – is significant and would suggest Hamas’s continued efforts to buildthem.

Hamas has made no bones about its ambition to construct offensive tunnels. The Hamas leader, Ismail Haniyeh, recently told a rally of supporters inside Gaza: “Our message to the prisoners is a message inked in blood. The rifle and the tunnel are our commitment.”

In 2014 the Israeli Defence Forces claimed to have destroyed 14 Hamas tunnels that had penetrated into Israel, built by Hamas’s specialised tunnel-building unit that numbers upwards of 500 members.

During seven weeks of fighting, Hamas used tunnels leading into Israel to infiltrate on four occasions, killing 12 soldiers.

The Israeli military said it believed the tunnel was built after the end of the 2014 war.

“This is a new tunnel, several hundred metres long,” said Lerner. “We found it close to the border area. What it underlines is the ugly truth that Hamas continues to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in war and death following its warped priorities.”

However, Israeli officials quoted on Army Radio on Monday suggested some of the tunnel was dug before the 2014 war and work resumed on it more recently.

In additional comments to the Israeli media, a senior Israeli commander said Hamas was intensifying its tunnel digging efforts.

“Hamas is digging tunnels for purposes of offence and defence,” a senior Southern Command officer said, noting that efforts to dig underground paths into Israel began before the 2014 Gaza hostilities and continued afterwards.

“The working assumption is that other invading tunnels exist. We are active anywhere there is such concern.”

The issue of new Hamas tunnel digging activities came under renewed scrutiny after Christmas when residents in Israeli communities on the Gaza border said they believed they had heard the sounds of what they thought was digging.

The Israeli military were caught by surprise by Hamas’s offensive tunnels into Israel in 2014. They were unaware of the degree to which Hamas tunnels had penetrated into Israel despite the group’s past record of using tunnels in operations.

Since then the Israeli military has invested about $250m (£176m) in improving its tunnel detection capabilities."

 2016/4/18 6:07

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 Re: A double edged sword neilgin

These tunnels are just another display of the world's oldest hatred.

1 O God, do not remain quiet;
Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still.

2 For behold, Your enemies make an uproar,
And those who hate You have [a]exalted themselves.

3 They make shrewd plans against Your people,
And conspire together against Your treasured ones.
4 They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation,

That the name of Israel be remembered no more.”
5 For they have conspired together with one mind;
Against You they make a covenant: (Psalm 83:1-5)

The exact same spirit is motivating Israel's enemies today. The sword that cuts though is that they are motivated by this same hatred yet Israel has been promised no lasting peace outside of Christ. The two are related and if being outside of Christ is remedied, and it's going to be, then the enemies will be remedied. If the outward struggle continues to be muddied and in turmoil then it makes even more sense to support Israel for spiritual reasons in spite of outward appearances. Therefore, I don't have to see to believe. I believe because of what is forecast I am going to see. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not yet seen if you will.

David Winter

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