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Another Hamas Ceasefire Cemented in Future War

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Amid a shaky and uncertain ceasefire with Hamas, Israelis did not celebrate in the streets as Hamas and the people in the Gaza Strip did with fireworks and rifles shot in the air. As long as the force behind the rocket fire and a massive underground tunnel terror network remains in power and is backed by Qatari funds, Israelis remain wary.

An article published in the Institute for Palestine Studies two years ago by The Economist reporter, Nicolas Pelham, thoroughly examines the development of Gaza’s tunnel phenomenon over the past 10 years – a network described as “an underground city,” according to an Israeli military spokesman, Capt. Eytan Buchman in July.

“Much to the misfortune of the people of Gaza, Hamas has invested far more resources in “underground Gaza” than in “upper Gaza” wrote Shlomi Eldar in an article for news source Al-Monitor. “The change and reform that Hamas offered its voters was invested in its tunnels at the expense of the people of Gaza.”

While Hamas’s tunnel infrastructure was once utilized exclusively for smuggling weapons, funds, good and terrorists into the Gaza Strip, Operation Protective Edge revealed that Hamas has expanded its extensive tunnel network into Israel – to attack and kill IDF soldiers and Israeli civilians living in communities on the border.

The IDF estimates that today Hamas invests more than $1- $10 million into the excavation and maintenance of every tunnel, which equals 350 truckloads of building supplies. It goes without saying, that with those materials, Hamas could have invested into the welfare of its own people, using that money to build medical clinics, homes, mosques and schools. Instead, with Israel discovering and demolishing 36 tunnels during the war, Hamas wasted over $90 million with its underground terrorist infrastructure.

Indeed, Hamas has been engaged in the tunnel industry for the past 14 years since its rise to power in 2007. Prior to Operation Cast Lead, the Islamist movement of Hamas oversaw a sophisticated and complex underground tunnel program, utilizing Google Earth to map routes and to stay on course. Each tunnel dug cost anywhere from $80,000 to $200,000 to build. According to Pelham’s published report in 2012, mosque preachers praised the commercial tunnel ventures as “resistance” activity and hailed workers killed on the job as “martyrs.”

“Private investors, including Hamas members who raised capital through their mosque networks, partnered with families straddling the border. Lawyers drafted contracts for cooperatives to build and operate commercial tunnels, which detailed the number of partners, the value of respective shares and the way to distribute shareholder profits,” wrote Pelham.

These ‘partners’ comprised of all sectors of Palestinian society. Pelham cites Abu Ahmad, a taxi driver who invested $20,000 of his wife’s jewelry to partner with nine others in a tunnel ‘venture.’ Within a month, a trade tunnel under joint-partnership could generate revenue to cover its initial construction costs, with Gazan and Egyptian partners and owners splitting earnings equally.

From a few dozen factional tunnels in mid-2005, Hamas’s takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007 ensured that by December of 2008 during Operation Cast Lead, the tunnels now numbered to at least 500. According to Penham’s article, the tunnel trade revenue in 2005 stood at an average of $30 million per year. But after Hamas entered the picture, the tunnel revenue increased to $36 million per month. Meanwhile, the Gaza Strip has remained in poverty with the per capita income in 2011 listed at $1,165.

The Hamas Interior Ministry even established the Tunnel Affairs Commission (TAC) in 2009 following Operation Cast Lead to oversee and regulate tunnel activities as well as ensuring safe working conditions, particularly when 160 children used by Hamas as child laborers, were killed digging underground tunnels.

Former Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum Visits City of David

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

“Former senator and 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum began a three-day trip to Israel on Monday “to show solidarity with the State of Israel…and to reaffirm the moral and strategic imperative of maintaining a strong, close, enduring U.S.-Israeli alliance,” according to his Conservative group ‘Patriot Voices.”

The first stop on Santorum’s itinerary was a visit to the City of David. “Walking through the City of David, seeing the excavations and seeing the Bible come to life, is really quite remarkable… It’s a great start to the understanding of Jerusalem, not just for Jews, but for all of us,” he said.

Santorum connected his visit to Operation Protective Edge as he made his way through the drainage channel beneath the Herodian road, leading from the Shiloach Pool up to the Western Wall Plaza.

“Walking through the tunnel, where the last 2,000 Jews were killed by the Romans, when they sacked Jerusalem [and] to be walking through those tunnels, at a time when tunnels are being built to kill Jews, was a striking contrast, and one which will stick with me for a long time,” he explained.

Santorum’s itinerary also includes visiting an Iron Dome battery and meetings with Israeli government and IDF officials, Israeli soldiers, and residents of the south directly impacted by the war with Hamas.

 

 

Updated: Terrorist Shooting in Jerusalem

Monday, August 4th, 2014

4:40pm The injured Israeli is an IDF soldier, who was on his way home. He was seriously injured.

4:28pm Ongoing manhunt for terrorist who shot at a Bus Stop Shelter near the Har HaZofim Tunnel entrance. Terrorist shot an Israeli in the stomach, ran a hundred meters away where he was picked up by a motorcycle. The terrorists fled to the nearby Wadi Jos Eastern Jerusalem neighborhood. Helicopters overhead in Jerusalem.

4:20pm Breaking News: Israeli civilian moderately wounded by gunfire in Jerusalem near the Har HaTzofim/Mount Scopus tunnel entrance. The shooting happened near the hitchhiking post.

Police are in a manhunt after the alleged terrorist shooter who was riding a motorcycle.

Israel’s Deepest Tunnel Found near Lebanon

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

A joint Joe Settler and Jameel exclusive article.

As the IDF searches for tunnels near Gaza, the Hebrew University’s Center for Cave Exploration in the Geology Department stumbled across the deepest and longest underground cave and tunnel in Israel, descending to a depth of 187 meters.

The natural cave was discovered up north, near the Lebanese border.

Lebanon has caves that reach a depth of 600 meters, and deeper caves may yet be found in Israel.

The cave was explored by Vladimir Boslov, Yuri Lisovitch, and Boaz Langford.

Much to the delight of the Palestinian Authority, the tunnel’s discovery proves for them that Palestinians lived in Israel 100 million years ago, digging tunnels even way back then.

UNESCO immediately and unanimously accepted the Palestinian claim, and declared the cave a Palestinian Heritage Site.

Later in the day, the UN expressed “shock” when their inspectors discovered ancient explosives and primitive Hamas rockets hidden inside the cave, which they promptly handed back over to Hamas.

Golani Platoon Commander Injured in Tunnel Collapse

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Released for publication:

Golani 12 Battalion Commander (Magad), Shai Siman-Tov, was seriously injured yesterday, after a Gaza tunnel collapsed on him.

Siman-Tov was transported to a hospital for surgery.

Refuah Shleimah

UPDATE 5 Hamas Terrorists Killed in Gaza Tunnel Collapse/Explosion

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Arab sources are reporting that 5 Hamas terrorist were killed in an explosion in an underground tunnel in eastern Gaza.

The cause of the cause of the explosion is unknown, presumably it was a “work accident”.

Islamic Prisoners Try to Tunnel Out of Israeli Jail.

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Israel’s Prison Services (IPS) caught a group of Islamic Jihad prisoners trying to escape from Shateh prison near Beit Shean, according to a Jerusalem Post report.

The jailed terrorists had dug a 4 meter long tunnel from one of the bathrooms into the prison yard. They had made fake ID cards and prison guard uniforms.

The prison guards found the tunnel by accident when they were searching for weapons, after they received reports of a planned kidnapping attack on the guards by the inmates.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/islamic-prisoners-try-to-tunnel-out-of-israeli-jail/2014/06/13/

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