We've been intending to write about the Hamas and Jihadi attack tunnels that reach deep inside Israeli territory for several weeks now, but there are many stories being told with details that needed verification.
Thanks to Hashem, a potential major disaster was averted on Monday when the IDF destroyed an attack tunnel that the Iranian-supported Islamic Jihad dug and designed. By admission of Senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Khaled al-Batsh, the destroyed tunnel had been built by his group for the purpose of kidnapping Israeli soldiers. It had reached a mere 200 meters from an IDF outpost.
For years now, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad have been searching for a game-changer against Israel. As such, they have been digging assault tunnels that reach deep inside Israeli territory, as far as the Gaza-border communities. Hamas created a sinister master assault plan for an operation that would make 9-11 look like Sesame Street. They planned to send at least 200 of their best fighters through a number of the tunnels, simultaneously to at least six communities three years ago on Rosh Hashana, when everyone would be home and when surveillance and defensive alertness would be minimal. Their objective was to kill and kidnap as many people as possible, especially children, and to bring the south of Israel to its knees. This was supposed to be a terrorist attack like nothing history has ever known. To make matters worse, all the terrorists would have been wearing regulation IDF fatigues.
With the above in mind, Hamas didn't want the 2014 war. It prematurely ruined their plans. So, when Hamas said that they were not responsible for the kidnapping and murders of our three holy martyrs Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frankel and Gilad Shaer, may Hashem avenge their holy blood, they were not lying. Our martyrs were killed by the Hevron-area Hamasniks. One source told me that the killers were operating on the initiative of their local Hevron cell without coordination with Gaza HQ and that Gaza Hamas HQ was in fact taken by surprise. Another source told me that they weren't taken by surprise, but that they were surprised by Israel's no-nonsense reaction in rounding up and re-incarcerating many of the terrorists that had been released in the Shalit deal. In either case, Hamas did not plan on a war at that time, which explains the inexplicable and eerie quiet that we had from them in the south of Israel during the six months that preceded the "Operation Protective Edge" in 2014. That was very similar to the eerie quiet in the south of Israel now, when everyone is tensely waiting to see if and how the Islamic Jihad will react to the painful setback of having their tunnel destroyed and two of their senior commanders killed.
Don't forget that the Hamas assault tunnels were used to kidnap and capture Gilead Shalit eleven years ago in June of 2006.
Hashem, who never slumbers, foiled the Islamic Jihad plans of more abductions. Imagine dozens or even hundreds of Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists infiltrating the south of Israel wearing IDF uniforms! Who knows the damage that could have been done, a million times Heaven forbid...
We thank Hashem and the IDF "Brain" Corps of Engineers for this miraculous salvation. Our guard - both spiritual and military - must not be dropped for the threat of more deadly tunnels is still very acute.
To bring the point home and give you a feel of what the tunnel threat really means to the south of Israel, have a look at the following 2-minute clip, courtesy of the "Forum Dati" of Bat Yam. Imagine that the tunnel exits into your backyard, where your children are innocently playing: