As reported in the news feed on Monday, the Israel Defense Forces blew up a Hamas terror tunnel from the Israeli side of the border. The tunnel had been packed with explosives, and collateral explosions at the other end of the tunnel, on the Gaza side, killed at least seven mujahideen.
I wrote to our Israeli correspondent MC and asked him if the operation was anywhere near him (he lives in Sderot). Below is his report.
The Gaza Underground
Yes, it is close enough for us to drive by it every week whilst visiting our son’s family in Kibbutz Revivim. But this is not a feel-good moment, because it is just one amongst many.
We heard the thumps as the tunnels blew. Kibbutz Kissufim is about fifteen miles from us, but it was a big blow. We know that there are more, however, and we know that ‘they’ will at some stage use them.
Do not believe for an instant that the collateral damage was ‘accidental’. In a closed tunnel the force has only one way to travel, and that there were secondaries indicates that the tunnel was about to go active, and that the Kibbutz was probably the target.
A mass breakout of terrorists in Sderot itself would make Las Vegas seem almost humane. We tend to try not to think about it, but each of us has an escape strategy to get out of Dodge, depending upon where we are at the time.
If they come up in our back yard, however, there will be no escape.
Sderot is fair game in a one-sided contest. The international community looks upon us as ‘deserving’ retribution for refusing to give the land back to the poor, poor Gazans who have lived on the land for time immemorial blah, blah.
One does not get over Jew-hatred. It is a spiritual impairment which crops up wherever Satan has influence, and around here there is a lot.
The tunnel detection strategy has been around since last year and appears to be related to anti-submarine magnetic anomaly detection (MAD), but using drones and looking for changes in magnetic flux densities density in an already mapped environment.
I suspect that the press release hides much of the reality of a literal underground, the like of which has not been seen since the Western Front in 1916.
MC lives in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. For his previous essays, see the MC Archives.