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Israel pulls most forces from Gaza as tunnels get destroyed
Hotair ^ | 08/04/2014 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 08/04/2014 7:25:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

They took five years to build, and just a few weeks to demolish. The IDF will pull ground forces out of Gaza over the next few days, leaving a lot of destruction behind, and perhaps not just a few questions for Hamas to answer once Israelis soldiers return to their side of the Gaza border:

The IDF has destroyed Hamas’s flagship terrorism project: its network of tunnels that snuck into Israel.

Hamas spent five years preparing this strategic threat; the IDF wrecked 31 tunnels in two weeks.

By Sunday, all of the tunnels that the IDF discovered during the offensive, or knew about before the war, will be destroyed.It is assumed that there are a few tunnels that the army has yet to identify.

Many of the underground passages were designed to send heavily armed murder squads into Israeli communities and to attack army positions from the rear. They were filled with weapons, explosives and other equipment, enabling terrorists to enter a shaft in Gaza dressed in civilian clothing and emerge in Israel, disguised as IDF soldiers and equipped to inflict mass casualties.

In some of the tunnels, the army discovered motorcycles that Hamas had earmarked for speedy raids into Israel and subsequent retreats back into Gaza.

Despite a unilateral cease-fire by Israel, Hamas continues to fire missiles northward. Israel has returned fire through airstrikes, which will also continue even after ground forces leave.

(Excerpt) Read more at hotair.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: gaza; hamas; israel; tunnels

1 posted on 08/04/2014 7:25:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

This battle is coming to an end. For now the rockets have stopped falling and many assault tunnels have been destroyed. However there has been no fundamental change to strategic realities. There are still nearly two million hostile Palestinians living in Gaza adjacent to Israel. Hamas or a successor organization closely aligned with the jihadists will continue to govern. The jihadists will have no trouble recruiting suicide terrorists. The missiles will become more sophisticated and stealthy. There is no real peace.Both sides claim the same lands. Peace will not come until on or the other ceases to be a definable political entity.


2 posted on 08/04/2014 7:34:55 AM PDT by allendale
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To: allendale

There is no real peace...

Matthew 24


3 posted on 08/04/2014 7:41:34 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.)
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To: allendale

“We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace.” Jeane Kirkpatrick


4 posted on 08/04/2014 7:42:45 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder how much deeper the Palestinians will try digging now?

I bet they go to UN and demand to be paid for the cost of the tunnels that have been destroyed.


5 posted on 08/04/2014 7:44:16 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: SeekAndFind
The biggest mistake Israel will make is to withdraw without wiping the land clean and taking the territory as part of Israel. There will never be peace as long as one Hamas lives.
6 posted on 08/04/2014 7:44:24 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: SeekAndFind
Hamas continues to fire missiles northward. Israel has returned fire through airstrikes...

Won't Israel be risking humanitarian ire by striking at poor innocent AP/Rooters Hamas sycophant reporters when they just happen to be innocently filming a report within inches of a launched Hamas rocket?

7 posted on 08/04/2014 7:56:17 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: SeekAndFind

4gw warfare. Hamas doesn’t have to win, just make Israel look bad and take a few causalities.

There is no nice clean way to win this.


8 posted on 08/04/2014 7:57:46 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Reduce it to rubble. They can live in it. It is a hell of their own making.


9 posted on 08/04/2014 7:58:38 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Hey Obama! Wake up and piss! The World's on FIRE!)
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To: allendale

There can and will never be peace. The vile monster Yitzhak Rabin made sure of that, by resurrecting Yasser Arafat and turning him from a mass-murderer into a statesman, and giving the “Palestinian” fiction worldwide creedance. May he burn in hell.


10 posted on 08/04/2014 8:02:19 AM PDT by montag813
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To: SeekAndFind

The Israelis should discreetly plant underground listening devices to detect tunneling through triangulation. If they do that, then when they know a tunnel is there, they can use a very accurate munition to destroy it.

A 250 pound, GPS guided small diameter bomb (SDB) can penetrate up to three meters of steel reinforced concrete, so it could likely penetrate five meters (16.5 feet) of ground before detonating just above or within a tunnel, significantly reducing surface damage, especially if it did not have its full charge of explosives.


11 posted on 08/04/2014 8:03:07 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: SeekAndFind
This war is far from over, and if the author knows if Bibi's pledge, he is not admitting it.

The Israelis are going to destroy hamas' main location, beneath a hospital, and the fact that they are with drawing some ground troops does not indicate that they are finished.

This war will be over when the Israelis believe that they have won.

{In the words of the one...PERIOD}

12 posted on 08/04/2014 8:14:52 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Exterminate the terrorist savages, everywhere.)
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To: SeekAndFind

If the bearded savages had more intelligence than a mole, they would have used their energy to do something useful and to produce things, instead of just trying to kill Jews.


13 posted on 08/04/2014 8:34:20 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: I want the USA back

Their society is so third-world, that any attempt to improve the quality of life will merely underscore how bad it is. An external threat is so much easier to blame everything on than doing anything about it.


14 posted on 08/04/2014 8:46:59 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: kevkrom

When the Israelis abandoned the strip, leaving very highly productive horticulture equipment behind (ie, to grow food!),

the Palis/Arabs came in, stripped the equipment, and sold it off.

Like a bunch of monkeys.


15 posted on 08/04/2014 8:50:09 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: allendale
This battle is coming to an end. For now the rockets have stopped falling...

The rockets have been falling all morning there.

Red Alert

16 posted on 08/04/2014 9:05:06 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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17 posted on 08/04/2014 9:05:25 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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Think Israel woke up to another fact. With Iran continuing to develope a nuke thanks to our courageous leader, what’s to say the Iran wouldn’t sneak one into Israel and set it off?

Whether rockets were fired or not, Israel knows how long they have and would have gotten to this eventually. They just needed a reason and the Palis gave them one.


18 posted on 08/04/2014 10:51:08 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (GM is dead and Al Queada is alive.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Israel pulls most forces from Gaza as tunnels get destroyed

Interesting article, Lots of food for thought, and, much little known trivia about the "accepted" conventional wisdom about terrorists as victims.

Humorous: Israel is now in possession of many muslim motorcycles, explosives, arms and other equipment, stolen from terrorist tunnel warehouses.

Mind boggling 1 : The non-distinction between armed resistance with all the regular weapons of war, and regular war. Everything applies, except the formal rules.

Mind boggling 2 : The recent infantile concept of "proportionality in war." Proportionality is appropriate for games. War is not a game. The infantilism is confirmed by the fact that the concept is embraced by both mass random killer terrorists and Geraldo Rivera.

Mind boggling 3 : The perversion of Ghandi's "peaceful resistance" into "we will force you to kill ours (NOT us) until you either give up, or we kill all you all. And it's accepted as normal human behavior.

Mind boggling 4 : The ever growing "international laws" invented by irrelevant countries or groups, which apply randomly to groups of their choice, which change from time to time.

19 posted on 08/04/2014 11:30:47 AM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: C210N
They have the same problem with reporters that we have in this country.
I have no sympathy at all should they become collateral damage in destroying threats to Israel.
20 posted on 08/04/2014 11:37:27 AM PDT by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: C210N
Won't Israel be risking humanitarian ire by striking at poor innocent AP/Rooters/Hamas/UNRWA/CNN/Geraldo sycophant workers and reporters when they just happen to be innocently filming a report within inches of a launched Hamas rocket or a terrorist tunnel entrance?

There.
Fixed it for you.

21 posted on 08/04/2014 11:47:33 AM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: Steely Tom
I wonder how much deeper the Palestinians will try digging now?

There's no telling.

But I reject the assertion seen in many opinion pieces and reports (including statements from Israel) that there is no proven technology to detect tunnel digging at any reasonable depth.

The geophysical capability has existed for decades, as in the extensive network of seismic sensors in place all along the California San Andreas, and other, faults.
Another example is seismic sensors used extensively in Viet Nam to detect mass surface movements of marching bodies and vehicles. I suspect the technology has advanced bustantially in the last 35 years...

Israel is among the most technically and computer advanced nations on the entire planet.

22 posted on 08/04/2014 11:58:22 AM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: publius911

South Korea has microphones buried to detect tunnel-building activity and they regularly use ground penetrating radar on suspect locations.


23 posted on 08/04/2014 12:01:54 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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