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Hamas Planned Rosh Hashana Tunnel Surprise

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A terror tunnel entrance in Gaza.

A terror tunnel entrance in Gaza.
Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson/Flash90

JERUSALEM – Hamas had been preparing a murderous massive assault on Israeli civilian targets during the upcoming Jewish New Year holiday, Rosh Hashanah – according to anonymous sources in the Israeli security services cited by the Israeli daily Maariv.

Hamas had been planning a surprise attack where 200 fighters would have been dispatched through the dozens of tunnels dug by Hamas under the border from Gaza to Israel. The terror organization aimed to seize kibbutzim and other communities while killing and kidnapping Israeli civilians. In total, thousands of Hamas terrorists would have been swarming across Israel, wearing IDF uniforms, which would have further complicated an Israeli response. Reports further indicate that Hezbollah may have planned to join the attack as well, opening another front in the north.

The source stressed that the current unplanned war with Hamas inadvertently thwarted a catastrophic event on an apocalyptic magnitude such as the Yom Kippur War, which would have ‘brought the State of Israel to its knees.’ The destruction of these tunnels takes away from Hamas a strategic weapon it has been working on and investing in heavily for years according to the source.

Each tunnel has arteries, veins, offshoots as well as offshoots of offshoots designed in intricate and complex arrangements. As one Israeli spokesman said, “There are two Gazas, one above ground and one below ground: an underground terrorist city.”

Speaking to the CBC, a senior Israeli defense official said the Israeli military had considerable prior knowledge of Hamas weaponry and tunnels, but was still “surprised” by the extent of both when the current ground operation began. He added that the network had not been detected by aerial surveillance, because Hamas had solved the most obvious problem: how to hide the piles of sand removed from the tunnels. This, he said, was painstakingly taken away, a few bags at a time, and stored out of sight in buildings and underneath greenhouses.

The official said Hamas had diverted huge quantities of cement, imported for civilian construction, into the building of concrete-block walls and roofs for the tunnels. As an example, he cited a 1.7-kilometer tunnel discovered in February 2013 that Israeli engineers estimated would have required 500 tons of concrete – “enough to build a three-story hospital.”

Israel has discovered 31 tunnels so far, and has destroyed several of them by employing bulldozers, explosive and other methods. IDF excavation of the tunnels has resulted in the seizure of tons of Hamas supplies, as well as the discovery of plans for future operations.

Israeli soldiers have already frustrated several surprise assaults by Hamas through tunnels from Gaza into southern Israel. On July 21, ten Hamas terrorists emerged from a tunnel. They were immediately spotted and eliminated, but the clash cost the lives of two IDF soldiers.

Speaking with Tazpit News Agency, Minister Ya’acov Perry, a member of the Israeli Security Cabinet, commended the IDF for its outstanding achievements. “The IDF is working to uncover a network of underground tunnels that could have created unbearable terrorist attacks,” he said.

He further commended the IDF’s prior intelligence, which enabled these achievements. “I am sure that Israeli technology, which has provided us with the Iron Dome, will provide us with a solution for the terror tunnels as well.” He said various solutions were currently being examined. He further stressed that military capabilities and technological advantages were not enough. A comprehensive reality – changing diplomatic solution must be presented as well.

Writing for Gatestone, Lawrence Franklin says that the construction of network of tunnels used hundreds of tons of concrete that might otherwise have been used by the Palestinians for building homes, shopping malls, parks, schools, hospitals and libraries.

Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency

About the Author: Aryeh Savir is director of the International division of Tazpit News Agency.

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  2. Mary L Smith says:

    Animals, hamas is full of animals.

  3. Bob Riley says:

    Psa 122:6
    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure.

  4. Hamas are prepared to kill the Palestinian people with rockets fired at israel. This latest proposed massacre of israelis needs to be broadcast worldwide.

  5. Have shared the article.

  6. They must be disappointed.

  7. Hillary Ogar says:

    They will fail as ever.

  8. thank God He will never allow that to happen

  9. Make UN destroy the tunnels seeing they were built with UN money and under their watch

  10. Instead of building proper homes for the population, Hamas has used up its financial resources in building these concrete tunnels in its proposed invasion and massacre of Israelis.

  11. these tunnels need to be coated with lard and then demolished

  12. Baruch hashem it was thwarted! Only Hashem can help israel!

  13. David Cohen says:

    Yusef Musa, that’s exactly what Hamas and company do. The Palestinian people would be better off making Peace with Israel. Both would benefit. I guess Hamas’ and Palestinian Authority leaders would have to stop misappropriating the International Aid and do something productive.

  14. facebook really needs a “dislike” button

  15. That is Not News. That is Sharia.

  16. SuzyBaim says:

    Hashem protects the Jewish people, lets keep praying and thank G-d for the protection

  17. Cowards. On a very important Jewish day of worship when the Israeli people will be in Synagogue.

  18. What is the primary source on this story? I’ve seen it rumored for a while but no official quotes. Anyone?

  19. Sobriety Jon says:

    What a generation

  20. Sobriety Jon says:

    Thank you lord Jesus

  21. Let’s wait and see the magic game on.

  22. Sobriety Jon says:

    Right in nigeria my country only God knows the trench of destruction arab radicals unleased.tell me why i would be wrong to say it is the finger of satan and never God who is author of life director sustainer preserver and father.whereas satan comes to steal to kill and to destroy.by their fruit we shall know them.bitter and sweet water can not flow together

  23. Edit Lipcs says:

    no no, animals are never attack family! Please respect them 😀

  24. Debi Lovell says:

    they don’t care about the Palestinian people, they only reason for living is to kill Israelis, I’m glad the IDF is discovering all of this, thank God HE is exposing Israels enemies plans and thank God for their defeat it is coming

  25. Wish and i pray your black plan turn back on you and burn ur body dying slowly what kinda piece of you are

  26. hamas and hubris go hand in hand. had they accepted a cease fire agreement and kept delaying negotiations , they could have kept these tunnels secret… thank G-D for their stupidity. Sh’ma Yisrael : Adoni Eloheinu Adonai Echad!

  27. Janet Hart says:

    God is in control, the Jews His Chosen People.

  28. Ronnie Pleet says:

    G- d was looking over us

  29. Karen Bryant says:

    God bless Israel and all those that want lasting peace in the mid east.

  30. POS!!!! They have to come up with technology to find these tunnels above ground! Destroy them all! Yet the mainstream news watchers still think Israel is the bad guys!!! Complete nonsense

  31. I hope they find all the Tunnels and blow them up ski high.

  32. I hope they find all the Tunnels and blow them up ski high.

  33. Deb Campbell says:

    Luke 12:2-3 Nothing is so closely covered up that it will not be revealed, or hidden that it will not be known. Whatever you have spoken in the darkness shall be heard and listened to in the light, and what you have whispered in people’s ears and behind closed doors will be proclaimed upon the housetops. Praying all evil plots will be revealed!

  34. Deb Campbell says:

    Luke 12:2-3 Nothing is so closely covered up that it will not be revealed, or hidden that it will not be known. Whatever you have spoken in the darkness shall be heard and listened to in the light, and what you have whispered in people’s ears and behind closed doors will be proclaimed upon the housetops. Praying all evil plots will be revealed!

  35. EstebanSperberFrankel says:

    Saad that Hamas engineers are using to built this tunnels, what a waste.

  36. Suzy Baim says:

    May Hashem continue to protect Am Yisrael baruch Hashem

  37. Marcy Pollak says:

    And the media is …where????? the UN is ….where?????? the USis ….where??

  38. Peggy Nagel says:


  39. Thank God for our IDF!!!

  40. Thank God for our IDF!!!

  41. Thank God for our IDF!!!

  42. MikiBacsi169 says:

    Come on now! We all know these are not “terror tunnels” but subways built for the Gazan people to make their lives easier. Those few thousands of rockets were smuggled in by the Mossad to make the totally hapless and innocent Molestinian people look like savages. 🙂


  43. total propaganda .

  44. total propaganda .

  45. total propaganda .

  46. Chin Ren says:

    ham-ASS is a cult of tyrant and uncivilized animals

  47. Chin Ren says:

    ham-ASS is a cult of tyrant and uncivilized animals

  48. Daisy Villa says:

    Remember that all tunnels have not been found …. Prayers for protection!

  49. This is what Hamas is all about, death.

  50. This is what Hamas is all about, death.

  51. MichelleCohenGlassman says:

    Please read.

  52. TonyRagg908 says:

    Baruch HaSHem

  53. HankHallas says:

    Our Western News does not present the FULL TRUTH!!!

  54. Invictus Jo says:

    Looks like 10 ft high and wide too, strange that the floor is cemented too which would be unlikely if only men were required to move through it. Probably for heavy equipment on wheels.

  55. JohnKurian says:

    Hamas cannot hide anything from the eyes of God Almighty, not even their tunnels. Why don`t they learn that their god is deceiving them all the more each time.

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