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

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.

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“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 COMMENTS

  1. 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 !!!

  2. 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 !!!

  3. 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!!

  4. 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!!

  5. 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..!!!!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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

  12. No ceasefire less than 10 hours after hamas agreed to USA and UN hamas resumed attacking. Kidnapped IDF soldier. Is hamas wants to be exterminated for religious ritual, as they keep telling us, it appears they will be getting Christmas presents early this year. Freely.

  13. No!!! A ceasefire is just that. If the other side begins to use these tunnels for terrorist purposes then the CEASEFIRE is OVER and Israel must destroy the tunnels. Part of a truce in any conflict is getting the respective sides to agree on terms and then allow those in possession of offensive weapons (or tunnels) the opportunity to destroy them for themselves (with supervision). THIS is how CIVILIZED people behave!

  14. Wrong step! Think people what you are saying! What is wrong with the saying, May Israel Blow up Terror Tunnels During the Cease Fire? Remember that the Muslims are tracking Facebook and Google to see how we respond. Do you care what they think of you or just to the hell with since you are not here in Israel and this is a board game or war game to you being played on the screen. Get your asses down here and do something you who speak so boldly.

  15. Israel was born from war, at war and lives and strives from war to war. Jews are the greatest survivors on this planet! Arabs will never destroy Israel, cause they seek for death if they can’t win, but for Jews the ultimate goal is to survive!

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