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Hamas Abduction Attack Mirrors Hezbollah Training

Hamas has become Hezbollah and Israel has to change its thinking to deal with the new reality.
A terrorist tunnel leading from Gaza to Israel.

A terrorist tunnel leading from Gaza to Israel.
Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

Hamas has become Hezbollah. The Islamist terrorist group has learned well from its Iranian proxy benefactor, a fact Israel’s military leadership must adapt to quickly if they are to win this war.

For war it is.

At 9:30 am Friday, less than two hours after the start of a 72 hour humanitarian truce agreed to by both sides – arranged by the United Nations and the United States – Hamas violated the cease fire.

That is not news, because Hamas has violated every cease fire since the war began.

But this time, Hamas terrorists opened fire on IDF troops in the southern Gaza border town of Rafah and then succeeded in kidnapping one of the soldiers during the attack.

It was a classic Hezbollah move, similar to that carried out by the Lebanese terrorist group in the cross-border raid that launched the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Two IDF reservists, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, were abducted and murdered in that attack, but it took two more years to learn about their deaths.

Two years, a German negotiator, a prisoner swap, thousands of hours of agony and talks and a nation torn apart. During that entire time, no one knew the status or condition of either one until the day their bodies crossed the border back into Israel, in two metal coffins.

The price was the release of one of the most savage terrorist child-killers Israel had ever imprisoned, Samir Kuntar, in addition to four other live terrorists and the remains of 199 dead Lebanese and Palestinian Arab terrorists.

A third IDF soldier, Gilad Shalit, had also been abducted — by Hamas — and spirited away to Gaza just a few days earlier. But that terror group eventually made it known that he was alive, at least. For Shalit, the price was even higher; more than 1,000 Palestinian Arab terrorists, including hundreds with ‘blood on their hands,’ were freed in exchange for his return to his family.

Hamas has learned a lot from Hezbollah since 2006. The Lebanese terror group has served as the conduit for generous patronage from Iran in the form of funding, equipment, weapons and special training.

From Hezbollah, Hamas learned how to create its underground bunkers and terror tunnel network, which now honeycombs the entire Gaza region. It’s a little bit like the New York subway system, except that it benefits only terrorists.

Mostly, it facilitates various forms of attacks on Israel, especially abductions of soldiers.

U.N. special envoy Robert Serry told reporters early Friday afternoon in a statement that two IDF soldiers and a number of Palestinian Arabs were killed during the attack by Hamas, which he referred to as a “serious incident.”

Serry added in his briefing, “The United Nations is not in a position to independently confirm these reports,” but added that if true, “this would constitute a serious violation of the humanitarian cease fire in place … by Gazan militant factions, which should be condemned in the strongest terms.”

About the Author: Rachel Levy is a freelance journalist who has written for Jewish publications in New York, New Jersey and Israel.


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33 Responses to “Hamas Abduction Attack Mirrors Hezbollah Training”

  1. Bomb all the tunnels!!! Praying for the IDF!

  2. Bomb all the tunnels!!! Praying for the IDF!

  3. Bomb all the tunnels!!! Praying for the IDF!

  4. Bomb all the tunnels!!! Praying for the IDF!

  5. Bomb all the tunnels!!! Praying for the IDF!

  6. Bomb all the tunnels!!! Praying for the IDF!

  7. they will used it as a bargaining point for Israelis captured high ranking Hamas

  8. they will used it as a bargaining point for Israelis captured high ranking Hamas

  9. Asad Rehman says:

    Israel will attack Hezbollah….no Israel fears them.

  10. This is what Obama and Kerry support!

  11. Paul W. Howe says:

    For the 3 teens kidnapped & murdered war againstthe Ham*s started, so for this kidnapped Israel need to kill off as many Ham*s as found… the evil Gazan celebration for this should be bombed out…

  12. Geela Gordon says:

    lets send the dirtbags hamas to hell lets wipe them out and I will help Israel with this fight agnist hamas , because I support Israel 100 percent!

  13. Hamas learned the art of kidnapping from the laws of Islam

  14. Hamas are scum. They kidnap and store rockets in schools and hospitals. Finish them off!!!!!

  15. Hamas are scum. They kidnap and store rockets in schools and hospitals. Finish them off!!!!!

  16. Teach them the art of exploding in bombs.

  17. Teach them the art of exploding in bombs.

  18. Hezbollah hides in Lebanon and Iran. Israel fears them so much the Mossad goes wherever it pleases to kill whomever it wishes. If Hezbollah and its sponsors did not hate Israel so much, they would do nothing to help Gaza. Your own people care nothing about you just as Hamas uses Gazans as cannon fodder.Israel treats Gaza better than it own leaders.

  19. Hezbollah hides in Lebanon and Iran. Israel fears them so much the Mossad goes wherever it pleases to kill whomever it wishes. If Hezbollah and its sponsors did not hate Israel so much, they would do nothing to help Gaza. Your own people care nothing about you just as Hamas uses Gazans as cannon fodder.Israel treats Gaza better than it own leaders.

  20. Do you think any American politician truly cares about Jews or Arabs?

  21. Easy…………take all of them/hamas/gazans prisoners

  22. All IDF soldiers should have a chip embedded under their skin which acts like a gps.

  23. All IDF soldiers should have a chip embedded under their skin which acts like a gps.

  24. Edward Brett says:

    you need to know how to spell without typos…

  25. Edward Brett says:

    you need to know how to spell without typos…

  26. Hope IDF finds him safe and that they all stay safe.

  27. Hope IDF finds him safe and that they all stay safe.

  28. Judith Dowla says:

    Israel should remember the art of kidnapping from the times when there was a female shortage and off a tribe went to capture women from another tribe without asking first. They were able to win over the women one way or the other. You can read about that in the Complete Hebrew Bible.

  29. Judith Dowla says:

    Israel should remember the art of kidnapping from the times when there was a female shortage and off a tribe went to capture women from another tribe without asking first. They were able to win over the women one way or the other. You can read about that in the Complete Hebrew Bible.

  30. Vicki Spaan says:

    Keep up the good work (all branches of Israel Defense Forces). You have The Lord God Almighty on your side. You are guaranteed to win. I am praying unceasingly for each of you, the safe return of 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, and Israel. I also pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. I support Israel’s right to defend herself 100%. Please know President Obama does not represent the majority of the American people. I voted for him twice, but now regret it. Push on.

  31. Destroy all the tonels check where there bombs coming from and destroy all of them in JESUS NAME

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