So far, the terrorists in Hamas have fired more than 2000 rockets at Israel this week. Fortunately, roughly 90% of those rockets have been shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system. Unfortunately, 7 people have still died in Israel because of these terrorist attacks.
In response, the Israeli Defense Forces deliberately exaggerated talk of a ground attack in the Gaza strip to get Hamas fighters to move into tunnels they had prepared for that eventuality. The IDF used this tweet to make the Hamas fighters believe a major ground assault was coming.
IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 13, 2021
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu played his part with talk of a ground invasion that would, “continue as long as necessary.”
אמרתי שאנחנו נגבה מחיר כבד מאוד מהחמאס. אנחנו עושים זאת ואנחנו נמשיך לעשות זאת בעוצמה רבה.
המילה האחרונה לא נאמרה והמבצע הזה יימשך ככל שיידרש. pic.twitter.com/s5JcAm5vut
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) May 13, 2021
Papers across the world talked about the “invasion” that was coming and so many Hamas fighters moved to their underground tunnel network. This was important to Israel, not just because they knew where the terrorists were, but because Hamas routinely uses civilians as human shields. So, Hamas might shoot rockets at Israel from a school in hopes that it would discourage the Israelis from returning fire or alternately, that the Israelis would return fire, at which point they could parade any dead children on the news. These are the sort of cowardly tactics the Palestinians routinely use in their conflict with Israel.
However, once Israel convinced Hamas to move into their tunnels, the Israelis sprung their trap:
Israel pounded a network of tunnels in northern Gaza known as the “metro,” which Hamas has developed to move fighters around in the event of an Israeli invasion. Hamas tunnels are also used to infiltrate Israel to carry out terror attacks.
The Times of Israel described the attack: “According to the Israel Defense Forces, in this air campaign, which lasted nearly 40 minutes, some 450 missiles were dropped on 150 targets in northern Gaza, particularly around the city of Beit Lahiya.”
A few hours later, the IDF took to the airwaves to explain that there was no large-scale invasion, and analysts on Israel’s Army Radio suggested that something had been lost in translation from Hebrew to English to cause the global media confusion.
But Israel’s Channel 12 reported that “the misunderstanding was not in fact a mistake, but a ruse meant to draw Hamas fighters into underground tunnels built by the Gaza-ruling terror group, which the IDF targeted in a massive bombardment overnight.”
The IDF, together with Prime Minister Netanyahu, appears to have used social media to draw Hamas fighters into the tunnels, thus ensuring their deaths — saving the lives of Israeli soldiers in a real invasion, and reducing risk to Palestinian civilians.
The sad reality is that this on-again, off-again conflict is probably destined to continue until Hamas is annihilated once and for all. A call for Jewish genocide is literally in Hamas’ founding charter – they are not a group that can be reasoned with. Netanyahu has vowed further consequences for Hamas; “They are paying, and will pay, a very heavy price for this. This is not yet over. We will do everything to restore security to our cities and our people” – and we will see that unfold in coming days.
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