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Hamas' Growing Dilemma

Over the weekend, Israel attacked two Hamas terror enterprises, destroying a vast terror tunnel and targeting a terror leader. Israel Hayom's Yoav Limor writes that these actions spell good news for Israel, deterring Hamas on multiple fronts:

Hamas suffered two major blows on Sunday. The first was the destruction of a cross-border terror tunnel that ran from the Gaza Strip under the Kerem Shalom border crossing into both Israel and Egypt. The second was the attempt on the life of Mohamed Hamdan, one of the terrorist group's top operatives in Lebanon.

The discovery of the tunnel was the harsher blow, as it neutralized a strategic asset. The tunnel could have been used to mount attacks against Israel and perhaps target Kerem Shalom itself, the only crossing point for goods into Gaza.

But it is more likely that Hamas planned to use the tunnel to smuggle weapons and terrorists into Gaza, right under Egypt's and Israel's noses.

The tunnel's detection landed Hamas in hot water with three parties: with Israel, which yet again has proof of Hamas' offensive tactics; with Egypt, which is working to promote the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation and now knows Hamas is secretly digging terrorist tunnels breaching its border; and with the residents of Gaza, who depend on the Kerem Shalom crossing and have now realized that Hamas has placed this valuable pipeline at risk for its military purposes...

Tags: Hamas , Terrorism

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