Thursday, January 23, 2014

23-Jan-14: Asymmetric warfare? It works like this

Hamas in Gaza: A long tradition of using children, women and the innocent
to shield their "fighters" [Image Source]
Elhanan Miller, writing in Times of Israel today, makes some startling revelations about how war is conducted by a terrorist organization that operates as a de facto government. The Islamists of Hamas, he says
have been placing rocket launching pads next to water reservoirs, and attaching reconnaissance cameras to mosque minarets and water towers... in a bid to avoid IAF airstrikes during an upcoming round of confrontation. 
This is alarming. He reminds readers that Hamas, according to Israeli intelligence, has a history of
firing rockets into Israel from positions adjacent to schools and mosques, and storing ammunition in or close to schools and mosques as well.
Some other things Hamas are doing:
  • "Investing its limited resources digging tunnels leading into Israel for the purposes of a large-scale terror attack or a kidnapping modeled after that of Gilad Shalit in June 2006. 
  • "Still maintains a large number of locally manufactured M-75 rockets, which can reach Tel Aviv and beyond.
  • "Dozens of tunnels are currently being dug into Israel, the IDF estimates, at a cost of over $1 million per tunnel. One such tunnel exposed last October, from Khan Yunis to Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha, ran for 1,700 meters (1 mile) and contained over 500 tons of cement arches. 
There's more about that massive tunnel here: "13-Oct-13: A tunnel filled with Hamas explosives and a passion to kill"

Five years ago, the IDF posted a video on YouTube that sheds additional light on the Hamas brand of asymmetric warfare. Clearly, not much has changed since then. Click below to view.

And a reminder of a remarkably self-incriminating confession (in the form of a war-cry) made by a Hamas insider. About six years ago, Fat'hi Hammad, who now serves as the Hamad regime's Interior Minister, went on record with this stomach-churning exposition of the Islamists' fighting doctrine:
“For the Palestinian people death has become an industry at which women excel and so do all people on this land: the elderly excel, the Jihad fighters excel, and the children excel. Accordingly [Palestinians] created a human shield of women, children, the elderly and the Jihad fighters against the Zionist bombing machine, as if they were saying to the Zionist enemy: ‘We desire death as you desire life.‘” [Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas) Feb. 29, 2008]
Simply sickening.

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