There is a sense that Operation Protective Edge will be different than previous IDF operations against the IslamoNazis of Gaza.
The reasons for this new grim determination are multi-faceted, but Seraphic Secret believes that the offensive danger posed by the terror tunnels cannot be overstated. We hear reports of children living near the Gaza border who cower at night, telling their parents they hear shovels digging under their beds.
It has become clear that these tunnels are highly sophisticated bunkers of reinforced concrete with electric generators and sewage systems. They seem to be modeled on the warren of underground tunnels and bunkers used so effectively by the Japanese in the South Pacific during WWII.
These tunnels are a game changer and every Israeli—except the clinically insane left—understands that no society can tolerate or endure such terror-inducing capabilities. In fact, the rockets of Gaza pale in comparison to the tunnels of terror, which seem to number in the dozens.
Here’s a revealing analysis of the tunnels of terror by Dr. Eado Hecht, a defense analyst and lecturer in military doctrine at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar Ilan University.
The use of tunnels in Gaza began approximately a decade and a half ago, on the border with Egypt, to smuggle weapons into Gaza under the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) border security.
Very quickly, in addition to smuggling weapons, the tunnel operators began importing any kind of sellable civilian wares.
After Israel withdrew from Gaza, the number of smuggling tunnels jumped from a few dozen to hundreds as more and more Gazans got involved in this lucrative business.
Taxes imposed by the Hamas government on the imports were a major source of its revenue. After the Egyptian military overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood government, the new regime shut down these tunnels – this being one of the causes of the present economic crisis in Gaza.
From 2001 the Palestinians began using explosive-filled tunnels to attack Israeli border posts. There were not many attempts to do this because the effort far exceeded the benefit – casualties were light and it was much easier to achieve them by other means.
In 2006, the Palestinians tried something new – a tunnel was dug underneath the Gaza-Israel border and an assault team emerged behind an Israeli border post.
The Israeli soldiers were surprised – two were killed, one wounded and one – Gilad Shalit – abducted.
Lt. Col. (ret) Jonathan Doha Halevi, a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, analyzes the military implications of the terror runnels:
The attack tunnels create a new equation in the power balance between Israel and Hamas. They give Hamas an ability to infiltrate Israel and carry out strategic attacks involving mass killing, along with an ability to launch missiles from locations concealed within civilian population centers that serve, in effect, as human shields. Should Hamas retain in the future 20 tunnels, and dispatch 50 operatives in each, they could deploy 1,000 men behind Israeli lines. The tunnels would allow Hamas to wreak havoc if they are left in place.