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May Israel Blow Up Terror Tunnels During the Cease Fire?

Tunnel shaft discovered in a private home to a terror tunnel that leads in Gaza to ... who knows where?

Tunnel shaft discovered in a private home to a terror tunnel that leads in Gaza to ... who knows where?
Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

At 8:00am Friday, a humanitarian cease fire between Israel and Hamas went into effect.

IMRA’s Dr. Aaron Lerner has posed a question to both the Israeli Prime Minister’s office and the IDF.

“During the course of the humanitarian ceasefire can the IDF detonate explosives to demolish tunnels?”

The IDF referred him to the Prime Minister’s office. The Prime Minister’s office referred him to a statement by the IDF.

Prime Minister’s Office declines to answer regarding destruction of tunnels during ceasefire Dr. Aaron Lerner – IMRA 1 August 2014

At 08:50 Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA reached David Baker David Baker, the Senior Foreign Press Coordinator in the Office of the Prime Minister, on the telephone and asked: “during the course of the humanitarian ceasefire can the IDF detonate explosives to demolish tunnels.”

David Baker replied: Ask the IDF Spokesperson’s Office.

IMRA told Baker: The IDF Spokesperson’s Office says to ask the Prime Minister’s Office.

Baker replied: We have nothing to add to the reply of the IDF Spokesperson’s Office.

IDF Spokespersons Office: Questions relating to ceasefire to be answered by Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 1 August 2014

IMRA contacted the IDF Spokesman’s Office News Desk at 08:03 this morning and asked: “during the course of the humanitarian ceasefire can the IDF detonate explosives to demolish tunnels.”

The IDF Spokesman’s Office News Desk replied that “all questions relating to the ceasefire are to be answered by the Prime Minister’s Office.”

IMRA has contacted the Prime Minister’s Office but has not yet received a reply.

In a conversation with IMRA when the ceasefire was announced Saskia Ramming, Spokesperson, Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, decline to take a position as to whether Israeli forces could detonate explosives in order to destroy tunnels during the ceasefire.

News reports on Israel Radio regarding the terms of the ceasefire say that “the IDF will continue to DEAL WITH the tunnels during the ceasefire” but it should be noted that the term “DEAL WITH” includes filling up tunnel shafts with dirt.

Israel Radio Arab Affairs Correspondent Gal Berger reported this morning on Israel Radio Reshet Bet after 08:00 that it is the position of Hamas that Israeli action destroying tunnels would be considered a violation of the ceasefire.

During the course of the previous humanitarian ceasefire the IDF Spokesperson told IMRA twice that tunnels could not be exploded during the ceasefire but the next day the answer became more complicated, with the reference to the use of explosive material during the ceasefire being an airborne strike against a tunnel entrance in defense of IDF ground forces under attack from terrorists firing from a tunnel opening.

Take note: when the count of destroyed tunnels was renewed after the end of the ceasefire – a figure not provided during the ceasefire – it turned out that there was the exact same number of “destroyed tunnels” after the ceasefire as before the ceasefire.

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215 Responses to “May Israel Blow Up Terror Tunnels During the Cease Fire?”

  1. Joe Lodrige says:

    I would think so.

  2. Joe Lodrige says:

    I would think so.

  3. Faythe Brown says:

    fill the opening and out about 10 feet.. fill this area with cement and rocks.. but we all know Hamas will not obey the cease fire.. with in hours they will again be above ground killing raping and kidnapping.. it is only a matter of time.. so Israel get ready !!!

  4. Faythe Brown says:

    fill the opening and out about 10 feet.. fill this area with cement and rocks.. but we all know Hamas will not obey the cease fire.. with in hours they will again be above ground killing raping and kidnapping.. it is only a matter of time.. so Israel get ready !!!

  5. For sure Israel just do it.

  6. if they do Hamas will return fire!

  7. Have they ever raped you? Zionist mentality is rot

  8. Have they ever raped you? Zionist mentality is rot

  9. hhhh you bid they wont? :-D

  10. If Hamas is digging them Israel should be blowing them up. .

  11. If Hamas is digging them Israel should be blowing them up. .

  12. Wake up!! Last week Hamas couldn’t wait more than 2 hours of the 6 hour cease fire before firing missles.. And I guess you just broke it because my red alert notification just went off.. Israel was just hit with another missle!! Hopefully the next one will miss it’s target again and blow up the rest of Hamas members and hateful people… TRY NOT TO BLOW UP ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR OWN HOSPITALS AND STOP KILLING YOUR OWN INNOCENT PEOPLE!!! By the way, do your research.. Palestine was NEVER a state!!

  13. Wake up!! Last week Hamas couldn’t wait more than 2 hours of the 6 hour cease fire before firing missles.. And I guess you just broke it because my red alert notification just went off.. Israel was just hit with another missle!! Hopefully the next one will miss it’s target again and blow up the rest of Hamas members and hateful people… TRY NOT TO BLOW UP ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR OWN HOSPITALS AND STOP KILLING YOUR OWN INNOCENT PEOPLE!!! By the way, do your research.. Palestine was NEVER a state!!

  14. Smoke them out first so the rats would race to get out, before blowing up them

  15. Smoke them out first so the rats would race to get out, before blowing up them

  16. Paul W. Howe says:

    Blow it up cos the Ham*s will be inside repositioning…

  17. Paul W. Howe says:

    Blow it up cos the Ham*s will be inside repositioning…

  18. Champ Styles says:

    Maybe we’d be a *little* afraid if you knew how to aim and coordinate. LOL

  19. Champ Styles says:

    Maybe we’d be a *little* afraid if you knew how to aim and coordinate. LOL

  20. Champ Styles says:

    -Oh you’d like that wouldn’t you? ;)

  21. Champ Styles says:

    -Oh you’d like that wouldn’t you? ;)

  22. Champ Styles says:

    Sounds like somebody is pro Hamasss :P

  23. Champ Styles says:

    Sounds like somebody is pro Hamasss :P

  24. What I ‘ve written is the logic consequence, but what you say is pure speculation mr artist! Why do you get up in the morning?

  25. What I ‘ve written is the logic consequence, but what you say is pure speculation mr artist! Why do you get up in the morning?

  26. Champ Styles says:

    -Yeah lets just keep the tunnels open, perfect idea. lol I’m sure Hamas isn’t finding ways to violate the cease fire anyways

  27. Champ Styles says:

    -Yeah lets just keep the tunnels open, perfect idea. lol I’m sure Hamas isn’t finding ways to violate the cease fire anyways

  28. Blow it with the occupants…

  29. Blow it with the occupants…

  30. pro humanity and anti massacres, that hurts an artist to be human, isnt it?
    I notice that you never let an idea interrupt the flow of your conversation.

  31. pro humanity and anti massacres, that hurts an artist to be human, isnt it?
    I notice that you never let an idea interrupt the flow of your conversation.

  32. yes! never stop till the last is blown to pieces

  33. yes! never stop till the last is blown to pieces

  34. why wait..it would endager u all israel–there’s priority things to be done..cease fire or not!

  35. Champ Styles says:

    hmm you know what Mr Mohammad, I’ll give you that one –if its all about at least keeping the peace then I’m down with that ideal.

  36. Champ Styles says:

    hmm you know what Mr Mohammad, I’ll give you that one –if its all about at least keeping the peace then I’m down with that ideal.

  37. Vicki Spaan says:

    I “love” your idea!!! Let’s have them do that to all the tunnels. :)

  38. Vicki Spaan says:

    I “love” your idea!!! Let’s have them do that to all the tunnels. :)

  39. Gary Rimmer says:

    Why not, it will not hurt or kill anyone, unless there are terrorists hiding down there…
    And if so, what a shame…
    Plus if we don’t continue, the war will last longer…
    And Hamas only agreed in the first place, so they could re-position and re-arm themselves..!!!!

  40. Vicki Spaan says:

    Keep up the good work (all branches of Israel Defense Forces). I am praying unceasingly for each of you and Israel. I also pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. I support Israel’s right to defend herself 100%. Push on.

  41. It is extremely necessary, fundamental and of paramount urgency that Israel blows up or destroy by what ever means any tunnel discoverd. This action is in accord with international Law on the right of Israel fundamental right to self determination in the face of abominable terror. I rest my case!

  42. Ian Conger says:

    Just wire it with C4. Have it timed for 1 second after the cease fire ends.

  43. Ian Conger says:

    Alkhatib Mhammed – Durka Durka Jihad!

  44. I’m all for that, peace is an easy word but needs guards, politicians make mistakes that they might regret them after age 80, but that wont bring back thousands that have lost their lives and rotten in graves long time before they even think to regret!
    Peace means peace not siege and occupation
    I hope once people realize that occupying hearts is indelible but occupying land and houses of others wont last longer than feeling the first glimpse of pain!

  45. I’m all for that, peace is an easy word but needs guards, politicians make mistakes that they might regret them after age 80, but that wont bring back thousands that have lost their lives and rotten in graves long time before they even think to regret!
    Peace means peace not siege and occupation
    I hope once people realize that occupying hearts is indelible but occupying land and houses of others wont last longer than feeling the first glimpse of pain!

  46. I’m all for that, peace is an easy word but needs guards, politicians make mistakes that they might regret them after age 80, but that wont bring back thousands that have lost their lives and rotten in graves long time before they even think to regret!
    Peace means peace not siege and occupation
    I hope once people realize that occupying hearts is indelible but occupying land and houses of others wont last longer than feeling the first glimpse of pain!

  47. Jeff Beskin says:

    Hell yes blow it up.

  48. YnetnewsBREAKING: Mortar fired at Israel two hours after ceasefire comes into effect lands in Gazahttp://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4553207,00.html

  49. Demolishion exercise not offensive operation but I’m sure someone will have something to say about it.

  50. With all the terrorist inside OR TO BE MORE PACIFIST …better a concrete cast ever with terrorist inside

  51. YES ISRAEL BLOW THEM ALL UP..
    GOD BLESS YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD LOVES YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD PROTECT YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    WE LOVE YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    WE STAND WITH YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    FOREVER

  52. As soon as Hamas fires the first rocket blow the tunnel and hopefully it will be full of rats.

  53. איזה ממשלה מחורבנת, כל פעם שיש הפסקת אש, הורגים לנו 5 עד 10 חילים, איך חמאס יודע שיהיו שמה חיילים? איפה השב”כ ? וראש המוסד מה הוא עובד בבנק מגלגל כספים של הציבור בשיל כיסו וכיס של ראש הממשלה, מה אתם לא חושבים שיש מרגלים של חמאס בינוני, מה אתם חמורים, ממשלה שאוכלת את תושבה ורוצחת את חייליה, רק בשביל כסף, 336699

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