Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson / Flash 90
IDF soldier guards weapons confiscated from inside a tunnel near Kibbutz Sufa, July 17, 2014.

The IDF has destroyed “the remains” of a terrorist tunnel that led from Gaza into southern Israel, apparently discovered during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge.

The tunnel “penetrated into Israel from the Gaza Strip,” the IDF Spokesperson revealed this morning, Feb. 9 in a statement sent by SMS to media. “During the activity, forces discovered a cache of weapons and explosives,” the statement continued.


This indicates — at least to this writer — that either the tunnel was not completely destroyed at the time it was discovered last summer, or more likely, it has since been rebuilt and re-activated by its terrorist builders. That is a very ominous sign.

However, the IDF remained on Israel’s side of the Gaza border, according to the statement. “The tunnel, which was exposed during Operation Protective Edge, was demolished in order to prevent its rehabilitation in order to safeguard the security of the civilians of southern Israel,” the IDF Spokesman added.

Clearly that was done last summer as well; upon their departure from Gaza, IDF commanders stated clearly that all tunnels had been completely disabled before leaving.

Are we feeling safe yet? Wait — we’re not finished.

Dr. Aaron Lerner, head of the Independent Media Review and Analysis watchdog group, had similar questions about the curt statement issued by the IDF – and the information obviously left out.

Lerner sent back a question asking whether the terror tunnel “may remain intact one meter within Gaza beyond the Israeli side?”

In reply, the IDF Spokesperson clarified: “We are only reporting about the tunnel on the Israeli side. If you want to know about tunnels on the Gaza side, ask in Gaza.”

So there you have it. Israel no longer sees to it that terror tunnels in Gaza are completely destroyed when they are discovered. Hamas has received the message that it is free to build whatever underground terrorist network that it likes, as long as it does not cross the border into Israel, even beneath the boundary.

Perhaps that’s got to do with the international community shaking its virtual finger at the Israeli government, with its “Nu Nu Nu.” All those warnings about how it is “absolutely essential” to move forward immediately with the “economic rehabilitation” of Gaza.

How lovely; more money for tunnels and better photo ops for Hamas with the “poor, forgotten refugees from the Gaza war.”

Um … Are southern Israelis still feeling safe?


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. "exterminate" a word so beloved by the nazis didn't really work ? we are still here ! even the guys who's pro in getting rid of rats call it pest Control…for accuracy…so the name goodfellah is what you want everyone to think you are while you advocate hate ? calling other names is not a solution..

  2. So your more concerned with how someone phrases their comment than the fact that these monsters need to be exterminated!! Pretty sick of you still worrying what Jew haters will think of the use of that term by the big bad Israelis!!

  3. Time to revisit the old destroyed tunnels to see what condition they are in. Meanwhile, I would be posting guards at the exit of these tunnels. Just like fishing, you need patience.

  4. Israel is standing up to the Obama campaign to allow Iran to build THE BOMB. G R E A T ! NOW, how about standing up to the voices criticizing Israel for destroying terror tunnels on the Gaza side of the border. Don't Israeli Citizens in the South deserve protection too ? ? ?

  5. Why the sarcasm? Israel cannot nor will not take any action inside the Gaza boundaries or under them unless or until there is another outbreak of hostilities. We play by the rules. Enough please from the oh so brave armchair generals who are so keen to risk the lives of someone else's sons or daughters in the IDF.

  6. Ora Cooper when a group makes it their suicidal mission to destroy an entire race of people they have become like maddened rabid animals. There is only one solution destroy or be destroyed. This is a metaphor as was the earlier statement about what to do with rats! One might be more successful in convincing them not to be rats than to convince these hate groups that they are mistaken about Israel and her destiny… You might check your Yellow pages for Exterminators this is when they are ihave invaded your property and are the process of destruction. Pest Control more aptly fits control before they enter. Nice to hear your views on muzzled Political Correctness and the choice of words that are forboden!

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