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Hamas, Terror Tunnels and Timing?

August 12th, 2014 - 12:22 am

In connection with the discovery that the Hamas terrorists of Gaza had dug an elaborate network of attack tunnels into Israel, a number of Israeli news outlets have been reporting that the date set by Hamas for a major attack was Rosh Hashanah — the beginning of the Jewish New Year, which this year falls on Sept. 24. If true, that date is intriguing for reasons extending beyond the Jewish New Year.

The reports of a plot timed to coincide with Rosh Hashanah are unverified, anonymously sourced to Israeli security services, and most seem to track back to a dispatch by  Israel’s Hebrew-language Maariv Daily.  Let’s treat that date and the reports of a Rosh Hashanah plot with caution, pending clear confirmation. But the extensive tunnel network certainly does suggest something major was in the works. And veteran defense correspondent Bill Gertz, who has a record of being well-sourced and well-informed on such matters, ran with the Sept. 24 date in a recent report that  ”information that Israeli Defense Forces reportedly obtained from captured Hamas fighters revealed that the group was planning to use several Gaza tunnels that extend under Israeli territory for a major attack timed with the beginning of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, on Sept. 24.”

What significant event, other than Rosh Hashanah, falls this year on Sept. 24?

That would be the opening in New York of the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly, scheduled this year to run from Sept. 24-Oct.1. It’s less a debate than a drumroll of speeches by presidents and prime ministers, but we all know the scene. Officially, the General Assembly opening jamboree starts earlier in the month (this year, on Sept. 16). But the big show, the main drama, is the General Debate. Heads of state from around the globe converge on the UN headquarters, bringing gridlocked chaos to midtown Manhattan. The first morning routinely features the UN secretary-general and the U.S. president. Other speakers get shuffled around, but last year, the opening day of the debate also included Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, an official face of the Tehran regime that has been supplying Hamas with terrorist training and weapons.

As far as I am aware, the speaking lineup for this year’s General Debate has not yet been released. But let’s recall that when the opening of the General Debate in 2012 fell on another Jewish holy day, Yom Kippur, it was cause for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to skip the opening day of speeches, and arrive later in the week. What might be his plans this year to cope with the UN kicking off the General Debate on Rosh Hashanah, I have not yet seen. But there is at least some likelihood that he would come after the opening day.

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All any honest observer has to do is look at the photographs.

Those were not inexpensive tunnels built for some minor purpose.
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Really? A devastating Israeli response? Israel is fighting two wars: a shooting war against Palestinian terrorists, and a propaganda war against the rest of the world. They can win the shooting war, hands down. They haven't been able to win the propaganda war once, and without winning the propaganda war, they'll never be able to wage an effective shooting war.
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The fact that the US still participates in the UN, despite decades of UN complicity in genocide, conflict, the spread of communism, murder, rape, massive corruption and spending of trillions, is a clear sign there is no serious adult management of US foreign policy, whatever party is in charge.
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I have felt that there are a lot of differences in this go round with Hummus. They so obviously started it and otherwise acted so outrageously that their biggest allies - the MSM - had a hard time keeping the narrative intact. Some Saudi big wig even upbraided Hummus for using their people as human shields. (Note: It is not racist if the Saudis say it.) Then there is the mysterious business of Israel being able to nullify years of missile build up with Iron Dome while being caught relatively flatfooted with the tunnels. Yet Hummus failed to mount effective attacks through the tunnels. But the biggest difference was al Sisi who replaced Obama's Muslim Brotherhood ally, Morsi. Hummus is Muslim Brotherhood, like Morsi of course and from what I read al Sisi closed the smuggling tunnels from Egypt and cut off funds so that Hummus had to fight before they wanted to. That would explain the speculation over September 24th or some other attack date. Iran is still the major terror state but it has its work cut out for it keeping ISIS out of Damascus and Baghdad.
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any one else notice how much like the tunnels from Mexico into the USA these tunnels look like?
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that Obama's ties in connections for and to the Muslim Brotherhood and their associated groups which includes Hamas and Al-Qaeda. It is a kin to placing know Nazis socialist in government secretes accessible locations during world war two and Obama has them in Homeland Security and the White House along with the Office of the Secretary of State. Amazing how blind the nation became when the CIA's agents in the Middle East were named, then hunted down by the terrorist and killed which left the USA blind to the activities? of the middle east like the Syrian weapons deals to the cash and weapons deals where ever Hillary went in the name of Obama's' policy to the very doors of Benghazi embassy property, lasting long enough that two local contractors hired Recent American veterans troops responded to save fellow Americans and died for their honorable endeavor. Then the vain self serving president and his minions attempted to minimize their actions for political gain.

read it for yourself look up the connections between Obama and his close personal relationships with the Muslim Brotherhood.
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I have a more basic question: Why did Hamas go to the immense expense of building all these terror tunnels, then launch missile barrages at Israel before they had a coordinated tunnel attack prepared?

For there can be no question that Hamas launched this war. Something does not add up here.
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It appears that Hamas is murdering the Palestinian men who built the tunnels for them so they won't talk to Israeli intelligence.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/183934#.U-inKmP7FvA
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Remember, terrorism is often political theater as warfare. Hamas wanted to be the center of attention (if the allegations are true). The punchline is that they were overshadowed by the Ukraine and Iraq events.
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If this is true, one has to wonder why the United Nations might have a reputation of possibly getting on board to a plot like this. Sounds like the UN is more of a crime syndicate. The Israelis should suck water out of the red sea and flood these tunnels and see where they all lead. That would be nucking futs to see houses start collapsing under the weight of washed out tunnels.
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All any honest observer has to do is look at the photographs.

Those were not inexpensive tunnels built for some minor purpose.
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I don't know how seriously to take this Rosh Hashanah plan. The tunnels are bad enough, the Palestinians have no business tunneling into Israel at all, and they'd already used them for minor attacks. But for a major attack, really? They'd have to expect a devasting Israeli response that would make the recent festivities look like a burp. Maybe they'd just keep tunneling until they reached Jerusalem before actually trying anything major.
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Yes, there would have been a massive response. The scripts would have been carefully prepared at the U.N. to decry the Israeli 'overreaction'. However, as long as we are speculating, perhaps some in the U.S. would have been ready, as well...
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Really? A devastating Israeli response? Israel is fighting two wars: a shooting war against Palestinian terrorists, and a propaganda war against the rest of the world. They can win the shooting war, hands down. They haven't been able to win the propaganda war once, and without winning the propaganda war, they'll never be able to wage an effective shooting war.
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Yes, a devastating Israeli response. Well, I hope. But I presume that Israel has drawn certain lines and even Hamas is playing within those lines. Do I approve of such line-drawing? Well, that's another topic. But there are always such lines, sometimes explicit and sometimes implicit.

We drew such lines with our rules of engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan. These were exact and legalistic. And probably drawn in the wrong places. It cost a lot of American soldiers their lives and I think they were *counterproductive*, they made the enemy more confident and prolonged the war.

Yes Israel has to play the world stage as well and we all know that's a big element of why Israel holds back as much as they do. But even if there were no world stage Israel has other reasons to temper their response even to the rocket attacks. You want to see devasting response? Let Hamas launch a few rockets with big warheads that actually hit anything and kill people. Watch the Israeli response scale up by, oh, about 3X within the hour.

BTW I think the whole restraint in the recent Gaza thing was a huge mistake, even for the rockets and tunnels the response should have been about 10x the casualties, I think the calling and warning is a cute trick but entirely inappropriate at times of real fighting, and the biggest mistake Netanyahu has made so far.
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When are the Palestinians and people in Gaza going to wake up and realize that if they ever want a better life for themselves and their children, they should be aligning themselves with Israel instead of Hamas? For the last 65 years, they have been used and abused by every wacko Muslim faction from the PLO to Iran. If Hamas and ISIS succeed in taking over, do they really believe life will get any better under Sharia law? It is time to stop letting the latest bunch of thugs & bullies come in, and allow them to lay waste to their country attacking Israel. How many millions upon millions of dollars, that could have been spent improving live for the West Bank and Gaza, were wasted building those tunnels, and buying those rockets? Like the song says: "When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?
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