During Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, the Israeli military became all too aware of the terror tunnels dug by Hamas to allow for attacks in southern Israel. Now Israel will work on an underground barrier to thwart such subterranean attacks. The Times of Israel's Judah Ari Gross reports on the worries that this will cause the Gaza-based terror group to attack the construction sites, to which the IDF has responded that "Israel will defend this barrier in every way possible":
The construction of Israel’s underground security barrier aimed at countering the Hamas terror group’s attack tunnels is picking up speed, the head of the IDF’s Southern Command said Wednesday, with hundreds of workers operating around the clock on the massive engineering project.
Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir said the military was concerned that the construction on the barrier could spark a conflict with Hamas. The terror group sees its tunnels as a central weapon in the fight against Israel and the Defense Ministry’s barrier presents a threat to them.
“We hope they don’t try to challenge us,” he said.
Another military official added on Thursday that the army does not believe Hamas has any justification — “ethical, moral or military” — to prevent Israel from building a protective barrier. It will therefore not tolerate any attempts by the terror group to interfere with its construction, the official said.
“If it tries to, Israel will defend this barrier in every way possible,” the official said. “This barrier will be built. Period. At any price...”