June 21, 2021

June 21, 2021

Your Source for Free Speech,
Talk Radio, Podcasts, and News.

Israel Smashes Hamas’ Terror Tunnels

by | May 15, 2021 |

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

At 1:22 a.m. on Friday morning, May 14, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted that IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip.” 

That statement was true, although no doubt intentionally vague, and the foreign press immediately jumped all over it. In their haste, they failed to clarify the facts and came to the wrong conclusion. They assumed, incorrectly, that Israeli ground forces had invaded Gaza in a major escalation of the developing conflict. They were wrong. They had fallen for one of the oldest tricks in the book. 

The IDF ground forces, who had been deployed to the border with Gaza, never left their positions, and were attacking Gaza from Israeli territory behind the lines, with tank and artillery fire. Instead, the major assault was, as before, from the air.

Then, at around midnight on Thursday, Israel carried out the largest Israeli airstrike since the outbreak of fighting earlier this week. According to the IDF, in this air campaign, which lasted only 40 minutes, 160 jet fighters simultaneously carried out an aerial attack on a network of terror tunnels and fired about 450 missiles at 150 targets in northern Gaza. Among the primary targets was the massive network of underground tunnels that lay below northern Gaza. Hamas had built these tunnels under the northern Gaza Strip. Many of them extended beneath the border into Israeli territory to provide an invisible route into Israel, from which the terrorists could emerge to kidnap and kill Israelis. 

This operation, which the Israelis have called “Operation Guardians of the Walls,” was not a spontaneous, knee-jerk reaction by an angry Israeli government. It was the result of large amounts of intelligence and careful planning, and the consequence of a series of threats and massive rocket attacks by Hamas for more than a decade, deadly attacks against Israeli civilians, farms, and population centers.  

Making the News

The headline in the Washington Post read: “Israeli troops have entered the Gaza Strip as conflict with Palestinians escalates.” And the Washington Examiner’s headline declared: “US greenlights Security Council meeting as Israeli ground forces attack Gaza.” 

So the journalists fell for it. But what did this misdirection accomplish? The answer lies in what Hamas did when they heard the “news” and believed that an Israeli ground attack was underway. Hundreds of terrorists, who had been hiding among the people of Gaza, using them as human shields, were ordered to the comparative safety of the underground tunnels. And these tunnels were the intended targets of Israel’s bombs.

As a result of this intentional vagueness, and the conclusions that Hamas drew from the inaccurate headlines, it is estimated that hundreds of terrorist foot soldiers were killed that night when ten of these tunnels were destroyed.

Did the IDF intentionally create an ambiguous message for the foreign press? Maybe, and why wouldn’t they? The foreign press has been misrepresenting the situation in the region for many years, and has consistently compromised Israel’s position vis a vis the Palestinians. So this time, the IDF gave the foreign reporters what they were looking for, a scoop, and they published it. That was exactly what Israel wanted.

Israel’s response to four days of incessant and indiscriminate bombing of civilian targets in Israel released the rage of its leaders. It resulted in this ferocious, unprecedented attack against terror targets throughout Gaza. 

The military later released video footage that showed both its preparations for the attack and some of the strikes themselves on the tunnel network, which the IDF refers to as the metro.” 

Entrance to terror tunnel destroyed by IDF

When Enough is Enough

According to the IDF, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza had launched more than 2,000 deadly rockets into Israel, killing seven Israeli civilians, and wounding 523 others in the previous five days. They also hit a hospital, a kindergarten, a bus, and many homes.  

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had vowed earlier in the week to respond to the barrage of rockets and promised that Hamas would pay a very heavy price”. And so they have.

In addition to the aerial assault, Israeli tanks, artillery cannons, and infantrymen on the Gaza border conducted simultaneous barrages aimed at Hamas operations, including their anti-tank guided missiles and rocket-launching teams, which emerged during the air assault to attack Israeli targets. 

Was the Deception Necessary?

In his book, The Art of War, the 5th-century military philosopher Sun Tzu explained that “All warfare is based on deception.” He wrote:

“When we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”

And his words are as true today as they were so many centuries ago. 

Israel secured an undeniable victory in Gaza this week. By eliminating the terrorist fighters in the tunnels, Israel may have saved hundreds of Palestinian lives, lives that otherwise might have been lost, because they were forced to be human shields for the Hamas officers and fighters who were hiding among them. By driving the terrorists into the tunnels, these lives were spared. 

Hamas targets are bombed in Gaza

How will this end?

This war is far from over, and it will not end in a matter of days. But the intensity and unprecedented ferocity of Israel’s attack on the viper’s nest of Hamas terrorism that has been attacking them for so long is a sign that Israel has had enough. After decades of trying to somehow solve this problem through mediation and so-called ‘peace’ talks, Israel is now taking a powerful military stand and making it clear that this ongoing aggression must end. But this open and deadly warfare will not end quickly. Hamas will not give up its addiction to the belief that Israel must be destroyed, a belief that is deeply embedded in its ideology. But this time, unlike the other times, Israel seems determined to crush, once and for all, the source of this malevolence and bring this war with Hamas to an end. 

If Israel is successful, the ongoing threat to its people from Hamas will end. The problem is complicated, and the solution is far from simple.  

“It will take time,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, “but with great decisiveness, both defensively and offensively, we will achieve our goal — to restore quiet to the state of Israel.”  

From Netanyahu’s mouth to God’s ear. Amen.

Ilana Freedman

Ilana Freedman is a veteran intelligence analyst and advisor in intelligence-led counter-terrorism solutions. Trained in Israel, where she lived and worked for sixteen years, she returned to the U.S. and served as CEO of Gerard Group International in Massachusetts until 2009. Since then, Ilana has been an independent consultant, working with major corporations and government agencies on security issues. Her global network of specialists and field assets provides an ongoing resource of critical, real-time intelligence and domain expertise. Ilana is the author of many articles on the terrorist threat to America and the West and four books on Islamic terrorism.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Use the code ‘OUTLOUD’ and receive your 20% discount on your first order.

The Reason the Patriot Act No Longer Works

The Reason the Patriot Act No Longer Works

We must realize the power of arrest now basically lies in Marxist hands, and they will use it. Already they have perverted the definition of who is and who is not a “terrorist.” It’s no longer the foreign Islamic Jihadists who killed over 3000 Americans in a single day, who are the terrorist!” To suggest is to be labeled Islamaphobic, but Oath Keepers, former American soldiers, and policemen still willing to keep the oaths they took to Protect and Defend the…

To Secede, or Not To Secede, That is the Question for Oregon and Idaho

To Secede, or Not To Secede, That is the Question for Oregon and Idaho

The Oregon vote shows both the desire of the people to change and their willingness to fight for their land. Is that enough? As of the writing, I don’t know how the legislature of Oregon will respond to this vote. Are the legislators willing to trap people in an unhappy situation to further their political goals? We’ve seen that before in world history, and it doesn’t end well.

John Kerry is a Consequential Internal Security Threat to America

John Kerry is a Consequential Internal Security Threat to America

John Kerry co-chaired the 2020 presidential campaign Biden-Sanders unity climate change task force with the socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., which provided the framework for a “Green New Deal,” since repackaged as the Democrat “infrastructure” plan. Kerry has a habit of being in the center of many of the worst policies that pose major security risks for America…

Biden, G7 & the China Conundrum

Biden, G7 & the China Conundrum

The only way to confront the Chinese colossus is by combining the populations, economic and military powers of the USA, Europe, Russia, and India. Excluding Biden’s mental lapses and gaffes, the G7 leaders had a good time amongst themselves at enormous taxpayers’ expenses and returned home, not only empty-handed but empty-minded for completely ignoring all the following items…

5 Tools That Will Help You Tame Anxiety

5 Tools That Will Help You Tame Anxiety

Emotions are actually intelligent indicators meant to get your attention and provide energy and information. Anxiety as an emotional symptom is a sign you are not present. Ultimately, you can retrain your mind with consistent self-care tools and by prioritizing yourself to take the time to reset when your emotions are getting overly amped up…

COVID-19 Vaccines Not Safe for Human Use on Either Side of the Atlantic

COVID-19 Vaccines Not Safe for Human Use on Either Side of the Atlantic

Since the majority of the deaths occur within a few days of the vaccine administration, if the vaccine did not directly “cause” the death, it was undoubtedly in the causal pathway of these temporally related fatalities. Common narratives include vaccine-induced fatal heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, and blood disorders. 5,888 Americans have died and confirmed by the CDC, and possibly tens of thousands not reported or still backlogged at the CDC…

Sadly, Biden Was the Laugh of the G7 Party

Sadly, Biden Was the Laugh of the G7 Party

The President’s behavior throughout the G7 meeting and the meeting with Putin that followed did nothing to alleviate the suspicions that many Americans have that the President’s cognitive ability is fading rapidly. This, of course, leads to another question: Is Joe Biden really able to carry out his duties as President of the United States and leader of the free world?

#BidenBlunders Are Top Greatest US Threats – Not White Supremacists or Global Warming

#BidenBlunders Are Top Greatest US Threats – Not White Supremacists or Global Warming

How does terminating American petroleum and pipelines — while at the same time placating Putin’s — benefit all those drowning Arctic polar bears Al Gore warned us about? I’m betting that lots of recently unemployed coal miners and oil patch roughnecks are among a great many who are questioning these same contradictions regarding America’s truly urgent problems…

Coincidence or Conspiracy to Take Down a Nation

Coincidence or Conspiracy to Take Down a Nation

Now with a clearer vision of the past year and a half, could this nightmare we’ve been living have all been simply happenstance? Or is there something more sinister behind it? When we consider some parallels between the CCP-virus, the now-obvious hanky-panky that surrounded our Nov. 3rd elections, and the false flags unfolding around the January 6th Capitol event, we could almost have a conspiracy!

Your Source for Free Speech, Talk Radio, Podcasts, and News.

 

Here we take on the challenges of our generation so that we can preserve future generations.

iHeartRadio

The APPS are free; the mission is priceless!

Free APP

Podcast Networks

Apple Podcasts
Google Podcasts
Spotify
Pandora
Tunein
iHeart
Stitcher

Subscribe and Listen on Your Favorite APP

Our Columnists and Show Hosts

Support wounded and fallen police officers. The Wounded Blue.

Apple Podcasts

Fighting corporate censorship and ensuring voter integrity...

Apple Podcasts
Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap