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Jerusalem - IDF Official: Hamas Has Restored Rocket, Tunnel Capabilities

Published on: January 31, 2017 08:32 PM
By: Andrew Friedman/TPS
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FILE - Israel military vehicles patrol the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Amir CohenFILE - Israel military vehicles patrol the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border January 25, 2017. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Jerusalem - Hamas has entirely rebuilt the military strength it had at the beginning of Operation Protective Edge in June, 2014, a senior defense official said Tuesday.

Hebrew-language Channel 2 reported that the terror group has rebuilt tunnels and replaced its stockpile of missiles with locally-made models. In addition, security officials are concerned that the recent reconciliation agreement between Hamas and the Egyptian government could ease the import of weapons and ammunition to the Gaza Strip via the Rafiah border crossing.

The report followed Palestinian claims that Muhammad a-Zouari, a Tunisian aviation engineer who was assassinated in Tunisia last month, had visited Gaza “several times” in recent years, evading Israel’s land and naval blockade and avoiding detection by Israeli authorities while in the Strip. Hamas blames Israel for the assassination.

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Protective Edge was the third protracted military operation against Gaza since Binyamin Netanyahu took office in 2009, and the fourth since Israel withdrew from the Strip in 2006. Hamas fired more than 4,564 rockets and mortar shells at civilian targets in Israel during the conflict, killing six civilians including a four-year-old boy. Sixty-four IDF soldiers died in the ground campaign, and 32 Hamas tunnels were destroyed.

However, the conflict claimed a greater price on the Palestinian side: According to the Office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), 5,359 trucks carrying 959 tons of medicine and medical supplies entered the Strip through the Carni, Erez and Kerem Shalom crossings, and that entered through the Kerem Shalom crossing. But Gaza health officials said 2,200 Palestinians died during the war, including more than 1,000 civilians. More than 20,000 homes were destroyed.



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 Jan 31, 2017 at 09:10 PM lipa101 Says:

thank you Mr Obama for supporting the Palestinian TERRORIST groups

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 Feb 01, 2017 at 08:31 AM Normal Says:

Obama's hundreds of millions of dollars being put to good use.

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 Feb 01, 2017 at 09:12 AM Meloah Says:

Rockets proved to be useless before and should be even more useless now. Laser system can knock them down.

The question are the tunnels. But I have a question: if they infiltrated armed men into Israeli cities and captured dozens of civilians while killing many, wouldn't Israel be allowed to retaliate by completely destroying nearby Palestinian towns?

Or if Israel has video monitoring of the streets, they can alerted instantly of terrorist attack and pursue them in the tunnels, pumping in tons of explosive and poisonous gases. Yes, there would be civilian casualties, but in every war that is inevitable. We should make it that they should regret it and lost again, a lot more than gain.

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 Feb 01, 2017 at 10:03 AM The_Truth Says:

Reply to #3  
Meloah Says:

Rockets proved to be useless before and should be even more useless now. Laser system can knock them down.

The question are the tunnels. But I have a question: if they infiltrated armed men into Israeli cities and captured dozens of civilians while killing many, wouldn't Israel be allowed to retaliate by completely destroying nearby Palestinian towns?

Or if Israel has video monitoring of the streets, they can alerted instantly of terrorist attack and pursue them in the tunnels, pumping in tons of explosive and poisonous gases. Yes, there would be civilian casualties, but in every war that is inevitable. We should make it that they should regret it and lost again, a lot more than gain.

As Commander & General, I think you should lead your men first into battle.

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 Feb 01, 2017 at 10:43 AM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

and the Zionists still supply them water.

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 Feb 01, 2017 at 11:06 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Meloah Says:

Rockets proved to be useless before and should be even more useless now. Laser system can knock them down.

The question are the tunnels. But I have a question: if they infiltrated armed men into Israeli cities and captured dozens of civilians while killing many, wouldn't Israel be allowed to retaliate by completely destroying nearby Palestinian towns?

Or if Israel has video monitoring of the streets, they can alerted instantly of terrorist attack and pursue them in the tunnels, pumping in tons of explosive and poisonous gases. Yes, there would be civilian casualties, but in every war that is inevitable. We should make it that they should regret it and lost again, a lot more than gain.

Firstly, rockets were never useless. They are difficult to aim, and have thus been inaccurate enough to cause minimal actual damage. Yet, the risk remains powerful, and the tools to combat the rockets, while greatly improved, are not perfect. The source for the rockets must be taken out completely. During the past 8 years, Israel had its hands tied by the Obama crime family. Trump won't do that. Israel will have considerable leeway to exercise its human right to defeat its enemies. The UN will put up a fuss, but Trump already notified the UN that it will not join in its anti-Israel game.

Secondly, I agree with the large scale response to provocation. These subhuman savages don't understand anything but brute force. Wiping out the towns from which rockets are fired, or tunnels are dug is a good start. If they wish to engage in warfare, they gotta be ready to take it. Obama fought that. Good riddance to a true enemy of Israel. Trump will face things differently. Yes, radical Islamic terror. Delete it. Don't use diplomacy to negotiate with terror.

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