WATCH: Mysterious Disasters Rock Gaza As Hamas Shows Off Its First ‘Tank’

Hamas is digging new terror tunnels underneath the border with Israel.

Last week reporters of TV Channel 10 in Israel aired an audio recording from the tunnel drilling, recorded in the living room of residents of an Israeli village 4.5 kilometers from the border. Sounds of a hammer drilling underneath the floor of the room were clearly audible.

The report led to a public outcry about the inaction of the Israeli Defense Force and the Israeli government against this renewed threat. The IDF investigated the complaint and found the claim of the drilling baseless. It is widely known, however, that Hamas is digging day and night to rebuild the tunnels destroyed during the war with Israel in the summer of 2014.

During that war, Hamas launched several attempts to carry out large-scale terror attacks against civilian targets in Israel via the tunnels. The IDF destroyed 32 out of 49 terror tunnels and Israel later announced that by doing so, the army had foiled a large Hamas terror plot to launch simultaneous attacks on Israeli border communities during the celebrations of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) in the autumn of 2014.

This video shows how one of the Hamas tunnel attacks during the 2014 war was foiled by the IDF:

The IDF has now developed a new system to detect the terror tunnels, but it is still not in place due to budget problems.

The new system includes an upgrade of the current electronic fence along the border and would cost an estimated $708 million. Funding of the system had not been earmarked in the current defense budget, but Moshe Kahlon, Israel’s Finance Minister, said today his ministry would provide the funding of the new fence.

Members of the opposition have criticized the government for not taking appropriate action against the tunnels and have said Israel should take preemptive action to take out the tunnel threat to the border communities in the Gaza region.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog called upon the government “to stop hesitating and instruct the Israel Defense Forces to bomb the tunnels and destroy this threat.” Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman even announced in a Channel 2 TV interview that the IDF should liquidate Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh because he threatened Israel, saying the digging of the tunnels is part of the preparations for the next war with Israel.

Haniyeh claimed the tunnels were for the defense of the Palestinian people and the liberation of the Palestinian holy places.

“There are those who think that the calm is a time of rest, but this is a continuation of the struggle,” the Hamas leader said last week while revealing that the Fatah-affiliated Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades were taking part in the tunnel digging (Fatah is headed by PA President Mahmoud Abbas). “Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades are working and preparing for Palestine. Fighters are digging twice as much as the number of tunnels dug in Vietnam. In east Gaza, there are heroes digging tunnels under the ground and in the west there are those testing rockets. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades are digging tunnels to defend Gaza and turn it into a launch pad for all of Palestine,”

However, before Israel could take action against the renewed tunnel threat  extraordinary things happened.

Seven members of Hamas military wing Izz al-Din Al-Qassam were killed Jan. 27 while digging a new tunnel in the al-Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza City. The tunnel suddenly collapsed when a group of Hamas members was digging and drilling. The accident could be caused by flooding of the area during the winter storm that hit Israel last week.

Wednesday, another tunnel collapsed in the southern Gaza Strip killing two Hamas members. This was followed by two other incidents in which tunnels collapsed on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Eight Hamas members are reportedly missing after the last two incidents.

The Israeli news site NRG reported last week the collapse of the tunnels could be related to the activities of the Egyptian army that has taken draconian measures to eliminate the tunnel industry underneath the border with Gaza in the city of Rafah.

The Egyptians have destroyed hundreds of homes in the border region and leveled the whole area before digging a deep moat that was filled with sea water last year. The water caused flooding in the tunnels in Gaza and could have been the reason for the recent accidents.

The Palestinians, however, claim that  Israel could be behind the mysterious collapses. When the coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Major General Yoav Mordechai, was asked by Palestinian journalists if Israel had a hand in the recent collapses he said: ” God only knows.” Indeed, some people in Israel think the mysterious collapses are divine retribution for the continuing Palestinian Arab terror attacks on Israelis.

Mordechai said that Hamas is diverting humanitarian aid and UN-supplied building materials that were meant for the rehabilitation of destroyed houses in Gaza to the tunnel industry. COGAT reported that 3,5 million tons of building materials have been brought into Gaza but little has done to reconstruct damaged and destroyed houses since the 2014 war. UNWRA reported this week that it still provides blankets, mats, mattresses, kitchen sets, gas stoves, tarpaulin sheets and/or nylon sheets to residents of Gaza who lost their houses during the war.

“60,300 refugee families have not received any payments to undertake repair works for their minor damaged homes, Further, 3,200 families have not received any payments to repair or start repairing their major damaged homes and 3,380 families have not received payments to repair or start repairing their severely damaged homes,” UNWRA reported today.

The UN agency added in her weekly report that only 7 of the 2,000 houses that were damaged or destroyed during the fighting in the summer of 2014 have been fully reconstructed while work on 162 others is still ongoing. Much of the infrastructure in Gaza still lies in ruins and the population suffers from severe electricity shortages.

The new UNWRA report proved Mordechai’s claim about the theft of building materials by Hamas right. Think about it, 3,5 million tons of building materials were transferred to Gaza and only 7 houses have been rebuilt and 162 are in the process of reconstruction.

Tunnels were not the only structures that collapsed in Gaza this week. During the funeral of the seven Hamas members killed in the first tunnel accident, a roof collapsed causing panic among the men who were taking part in the procession.

The accident was recorded on video too:

Confronted with so many disasters, Hamas apparently decided it was time for some good news to boost the morale of the population in Gaza. So the terrorist organization revealed it was in the possession of a tank. Hamas spokesman Abu Obeida unveiled an Israeli ‘Merkava tank’ that he said had been captured during the war with Israel in 2014.

Here are video images of the revelation of the ” captured Israeli Merkava tank”:

But the party was quickly spoiled by rival Fatah members who posted a photo of the tank on social media that clearly showed the tank was a fake. The Fatah members mocked Hamas by writing the terrorist group “was trying to get its supporters exited with sewer pipes and fiberglass.”

A spokesman for the Israeli prime minister’s office later made clear the so-called “tank” was actually a wooden replica placed on top of a vehicle whose wheels were visible on the bottom.

Hamas tank

Look Who’s Behind The Current Palestinian Terror War Against Israel

While the current Palestinian terror war against Israel continues unabated – with an average of two to three knife, shooting or vehicular attacks per day – more details about who’s behind the new “intifada” emerge.

Jerusalem Center For Public Affairs analyst Jonathan D. Halevi revealed this week that despite the Palestinian attempts to portray the terror war as a popular, spontaneous struggle by lone wolves it has become clear that Hamas and the PA leadership in Ramallah support and direct the terror war.

Halevy says that the “green light for violent agitation and terror attacks” was given by the Palestinian leadership, and the message has been “translated into actions by field operatives of the Palestinian organizations or by Palestinian residents.”

He also came to the conclusion that the PA and Hamas supply social and financial support to terrorists who got arrested after carrying out attacks against Israelis. The support includes monthly stipends for the arrested terrorist and his or her family.

HaLevy writes that the current terror war has clear goals:

“The Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), wants to use it as a tool to achieve its political objectives, which include compelling Israel to withdraw from Judea, Samaria, and East Jerusalem under international pressure.”

He cites Abbas Zaki, a member of the Fatah Central Committee who took part in the General Arab Conference to Support the Intifada that was held in Beirut on November 20, 2015.

Zaki told the conference that “the Palestinian revolution will only end with the collapse of the (Zionist) entity.”

Hamas boss Mousa Abu Marzook also took part in the conference in Lebanon. During his speech, he emphasized that Palestinian unity is a key factor in achieving success in what Hamas calls the Jerusalem (Al-Quds) Intifada. He said the ‘intifada’ was a “very effective instrument for achieving political objectives.”

The Hamas leader pointed out that the ‘First Intifada’ that started in December 1987 led indirectly to the Oslo accords and the establishment of the Palestinian Authority.

The Second Intifada that was started by Yasser Arafat in September 2000 led indirectly to Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza, Marzook asserted. That terror war also led to the construction of the security fence that “despite its drawbacks, symbolizes the end of the Zionist endeavor,” Marzook claimed.

He then said that the goals of the current terror war (Al-Quds Intifada) are: forcing an Israeli withdrawal from Judea, Samaria, and securing “the freedom of all the Palestinian security prisoners, and lifting the blockade of Gaza.” The effectiveness of this Intifada depends on the Palestinian organizations who participate in it and the continuation and expansion of the terror activities, Marzook told the conference.

Halevy writes that “the closing declaration of the Conference to Support the ‘intifada,’ in which senior representatives of Fatah, which Abbas heads, took part, dubbed the current ‘intifada’ the “Liberation intifada” and said it aimed to get Israel to withdraw from Judea and Samaria and dismantle the settlements.”

“The participants stated that the ‘intifada’ seeks to make it less costly for the IDF to withdraw from Jerusalem and the territories than to keep fighting both the intifada itself and international opinion. They said the Palestinians were already benefiting from the tension between Israel and the United States and Europe, which weakens Israel, the shift of public opinion against Israeli policy, and the strengthening of identification with the Palestinian people.

The committee’s resolutions depict Israel as an enemy against which all-out war must be waged until its complete destruction,” Halevy concludes.

Other evidence that this ‘intifada’ too is fueled and supported by the Palestinian leadership and by PA-controlled Palestinian media was delivered by Palestinian Media Watch. The watchdog organization published new video clips with broadcasts by PA-controlled Palestinian media in Hebron that encouraged murder on Jews and a renewal of the suicide bombings that rocked Israel before and during the Second Intifada.

Songs that were broadcasted by Palestinian radio stations in Hebron contained texts like

Blow up the executor’s (Israel’s) innards / Bring back the period of Martyrdom-seeking (i.e., suicide bombing) / Rise and strap yourself with bombs.

Another song encouraged Palestinian Arabs to carry out shooting attacks and to kidnap IDF soldiers.

Load your machine gun and advance, son of proud Jerusalem

Gird yourself with flames and capture the soldiers

Load your machine gun and advance, son of proud Jerusalem

Gird yourself with flames and capture the soldiers

Open fire, have no mercy, shoot the Zionists!

Advance with your men, O keffiyeh-masked one!

Israel decided last month to crack down on inciting Palestinian media, and the IDF has already shut down three Palestinian radio stations in Hebron since the beginning of November. Most terrorists who carried out attacks against Israeli citizens and soldiers came from the Hebron area.

The Palestinian terror war continued also today. On Thursday morning, an Arab terrorist opened fire on an IDF checkpoint near the Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisqat Ze’ev. An Israeli citizen and an IDF soldier were wounded in the attack while the terrorist was killed.

Yesterday two stabbing attacks were recorded in Samaria and Judea (West Bank) one of the attacks took place on Tzomet HaGush the main junction in Gush Etzion on Highway 60 that connects Jerusalem to Hebron.

The junction has been the scene of countless stabbings and other terrorist attacks over the last year, that have cost the lives of several Israeli citizens.

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IDF soldiers guard a bus stop at Gush Etzion intersection

IDF soldiers guard a bus stop at Gush Etzion intersection (photo credit: Yochanan Visser)


Analysis: What are the effects of the current Palestinian Knife Jihad on Israeli society.

Highway 60 from Jerusalem to Hebron has always been dangerous to travel, not only because of reckless behavior by Palestinian Arab drivers who often overtake where it’s absolutely forbidden but the road is also a prime target for terrorists.

It is a day after a Palestinian Arab rammed his car into a group of Jews who were standing along the road near Halhoul, a Palestinian town a kilometer away from the Israeli village of Carmei Tzur. The attempted murder was caught on video. A car with Palestinian license plates can be seen speeding on Highway 60 when the driver suddenly departs from the road and rams his car in the group of Jews.

An officer of the Border Police was critically hurt in the vehicular terrorist attack. He suffered severe head injuries when the car hit him frontally.

On my way to the main intersection in Gush Etzion, I noticed lots of soldiers guarding Highway 60 which goes through the Palestinian villages Beit Umar and Al Aroub. These villages are known for their support of Hamas and have been the scene of numerous terror attacks.

When the armored autobus I traveled with reached the Gush Etzion intersection (Tzomet HaGush) I noticed the change in security measures that have been taken since a recent string of stabbing and vehicular attacks that targeted the Jewish residents of this largest ‘settlement’ bloc in Judea.

At every bus stop four heavily armed soldiers guard Jewish travelers and at the central square of Tzomet HaGush an armored vehicle of the IDF is on permanent alert. People stay away from the sidewalks because of fear for another vehicular attack.

At the local Ramy Levi supermarket, everything seems business as usual. Arab and Jewish employees are stacking the shelves while customers are buying food for Shabbat. The only difference with the situation that existed until recently is the absence of Arab clients. The manager of the supermarket told me that since the Knife Jihad began more than a month ago Arab clients stay away out of fear for reprisal attacks.

Since its opening a few years ago, the supermarket had always been a model of Arab-Jewish coexistence in the region. When I interviewed Rami Levy the owner of the supermarket chain some years ago, he told me that he thought that peace could only be achieved via this type of day to day coexistence.

But now everything looks very different. Few in Israel still have illusions about peace with the Palestinians. More than twenty years after the signing of the Oslo accords the peace process seems a thing of the past.

Israelis have become very pragmatic and realize there won’t be quick fixes for the multiple problems they face and certainly not for the conflict with the Palestinian Arabs.

The ‘two states for two peoples’ slogan that had been adopted by a majority of the Israeli people only ten years ago has slowly been replaced with another one: “One state for our people”.

Israelis now seem to realize that the 1948 war for independence has in fact never ended and that the current struggle is as much an existential one as it was then.

“The Arabs don’t want us here, and that’s why we have to take care of ourselves in the first place. It’s them or us,” is what you now often hear from Israeli Jews.

They have cast their illusions about peace aside and have internalized the fact that Islamism is the leading trend in the Middle East today. They see what the Islamic State is doing just over the border in Syria and in Egypt where this week a Russian airplane with 224 passengers was brought down by the Jihadi group. They know that this type of extremism has taken root in Palestinian society as well and saw what the supposedly moderate President of the PA Mahmoud Abbas said during a speech in Geneva last week. Abbas told the UN Human Rights Council that all of Israel is occupied Palestinian territory.

Abbas said:

“For how long will this protracted Israeli occupation of our land last? After 67 years, how long?”

This is the reality Israelis have to cope with. They see no light at the end of the tunnel. To the contrary, the situation seems to become grimmer by the day.

Until now, the war against Palestinian terrorism was a matter of the IDF against organizations like Hamas and Islamic Jihad. But now Israelis have to cope with a new normal: every Arab could be a terrorist.

As a result, self-protection has become a very important issue in Israeli society. People spend huge amounts of money on taking protective measures like reinforcing the windows of their cars (against stone throwing) or obtaining a license for a gun.

People who are already in the possession of a gun are now encouraged to carry the weapon wherever they go.

It won’t stop the ‘wave of terror’ however. In the Gush Etzion area, there is no shortage of weapons or soldiers. You see soldiers everywhere, yet the region saw the highest number of attacks against Jews since the start of what Hamas calls “The Jerusalem Intifada.”

Palestinian society is still convinced that the existence of Israel is temporary and that the use of this type of violence will achieve what the first and second Intifada failed to do: The fear of a knife in one’s back will eventually cause Jews to pack their bags and leave Israel, the Palestinian Arabs think.

This type of thinking is fueled by incitement and propaganda by the PA and Hamas and flies in the face of reality. Israeli Jews have proven time and again that nothing will force them to contemplate leaving Israel. This reality is visible in Israel today as well. Instead of despairing people go on with their lives as if nothing has changed and when things become though there’s always humor to cope with the troubles.

Take for example a look at  this Israeli Jewish man who looks like an Arab and wears a t-shirt with the text: “Please relax I am only a Yemenite Jew”.


And then there is this Israeli man who put the following on his Facebook page:


And this Israeli wrote the following on his FB page:


“Surreal what people are bringing with them when they go outside…”

Rachel’s Tomb In Bethlehem Stormed By Arabs After New String Of Attacks On Israeli Jews

After a relatively quiet day on Monday, when only a stone and firebomb throwing was reported in Judea and Samaria (so-called West Bank), Palestinian stabbing and vehicular attacks on Jews were back in full force on Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning, a Palestinian Arab attacked a Jew with a knife in Hebron and was then shot and killed by IDF soldiers.

A few hours later, a Palestinian truck driver killed Avraham Asher Hasano, 50, from Kiryat Arba near Hebron. Hasano, a father of seven, pulled over his car after it was hit by rocks thrown by Palestinian Arabs. He then got out of the car with a club but was run over by the truck driver who fled the scene and turned himself in at a Palestinian police station. The driver was later questioned by the Shin Beth, the Israeli internal security service, which determined that the driver intentionally hit Hasano, TV Channel 10 in Israel reported.

Several hours later, a Palestinian Arab driver rammed his van into a group of Israeli hitchhikers at the Gush Etzion junction and wounded two of them. When the driver got out of his car, he pulled a knife but was immediately shot dead by IDF soldiers. The Gush Etzion junction is located on road 60 between Jerusalem and Hebron and has been the scene of countless terror attacks.

The vehicular attack was recorded on a CCTV camera and later posted online by Channel 10 and other media in Israel.

At 5.00 PM, an explosive device was found and neutralized near a kindergarten school in Nes Ziona, close to the Israeli city of Rehovot.

An hour later, Palestinian Arabs in Gaza again stormed the border with Israel while throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails in the direction of IDF soldiers, who opened fire and killed at least one Arab.

Earlier, IDF snipers had opened fire on a target in Gaza. A spokesman for the army said that the fire was directed at the source of repeated sniper fire towards IDF troops and technicians who are repairing the border fence.

Shortly before 10.00 PM local time this evening, IDF soldiers in Hebron shot and killed two Palestinian Arabs who tried to stab them. One soldier was slightly injured from the incident.

There were tens of other violent incidents today that involved rock and firebomb throwing, as well as various areas in Judea and Samaria where Arabs rioted. This afternoon, for example, hundreds of Palestinian Arabs stormed Rachel’s Tomb near Bethlehem, but were stopped by the Border Police. A police officer was injured when Arabs threw a firebomb at him.

The attack came a few days after Arabs set fire at Joseph’s Tomb in the Nablus (Shechem) area.

Arab affairs expert Tzvi Yechezkieli of Channel 10 TV News explained that Hamas is behind the string of attacks today. He pointed out that the terrorist organization organizes the daily attacks on the Gaza-Israel border and is responsible for the escalation in the Hebron area. Hamas has a very strong presence in Hebron and other Palestinian villages in Judea, and wants the violence to escalate into a full-blown Intifada.

The Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority appears to be interested in dousing the flames because of the risk that things will spin out of control. The PA fears that Hamas will use the violence to weaken the position of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, who is already very unpopular.

Watch: Palestinian Terrorists In Jerusalem Use ISIS-Style Violence In New Attacks Against Israeli Citizens

Warning: Footage Contains Graphic Violence [Some Images Are Blurred]

Arab terror against Israeli Jews continued unabated on Tuesday. Within only a few hours, four terror attacks took place, two in Jerusalem and two in Ra’anana on Tuesday morning. Police foiled a fifth attack in Tel Aviv, but another attack in Kiryat Ata was carried out by a Jew who wanted to take revenge and mistakenly stabbed a fellow Jew.

Three people were murdered and dozens wounded in the wave of attacks.

In Jerusalem, Arab terrorists carried out two attacks simultaneously in the neighborhood of Armon HaNatziv and the Geulah neighborhood.

Two terrorists entered a bus in Armon HaNatziv and started shooting and stabbing people.

One of the terrorists forced the driver to hand over the steering wheel but did not succeed in driving away. He then locked the doors of the bus. Police later confirmed that the terrorists intended to hijack the bus. Two passengers died in the attack and 17 others were wounded, some of them critically. Police killed one of the terrorists and the other was seriously wounded during the rescue attempt.

Both men were in their twenties and came from the Arab village Jabal al-Mukaber, a Jerusalem suburb. A photo that circulated on social media after the attack showed one of them wearing a Hamas scarf and a green headband the color of Hamas. TV Channel 10 in Israel later reported that the second terrorist was a member of Fatah.

An Israeli citizen played a major role in foiling the hijack of the bus. Golan Cohen Gabbay saw what happened and decided to block the road with his car. One of the terrorists then opened the doors of the bus in order to stab him, but Gabbay closed the doors and windows of the car. When the terrorist returned with a pistol to kill Gabbay, he was shot down by police officers who had arrived at the scene.

The second attack in Jerusalem was carried out with a car and a meat cleaver in Geulah, a neighborhood populated by ultra-orthodox Jews. The attack was recorded on video.

The Arab terrorist, an employee of Bezeq Israel’s national telephone company, rammed his company car into a group of people waiting at a bus stop. The terrorist then got out of the car and started to hit people with a meat cleaver.

A security guard who saw what was happening ran to the scene and shot the terrorist, wounding him. The terrorist did not give up and threw the meat cleaver in the direction of the guard. He then got up again and was shot again but succeeded to proceed in the direction of his car. The security guard finally killed him, a man who was related to a terrorist who last year murdered several Jews in a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem. He too came from the village of Jabal al-Mugaber and seemed to be influenced by Islamic State.

One Israeli Jew was killed, and several others were seriously wounded in the attack. See the video above.

Panic broke out in Jerusalem directly after the attacks and led to the temporary closure of two main roads leading to the city, Highway one from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and Highway 443 from Modi’in to Jerusalem.

Mayor Nir Barkat of Jerusalem, who was interviewed at the scene of one the attacks, said that more needs to be done to return quiet and security to the city. He proposed closing off Arab neighborhoods.

Another two stabbing attacks occurred in the Israeli city of Ra’anana this morning.

A 22-year-old Arab terrorist from Jerusalem stabbed a man who succeeded to subdue the terrorist with the help of bystanders who used pepper spray. Four people were also stabbed by a 20-year-old Arab terrorist from Jerusalem. He fled the scene but was pursued by civilians. One of them hit the terrorist with his car, and other bystanders helped to subdue him.

Police later foiled a fifth stabbing attack in Tel Aviv and in the city of Kiryat Gat an Israeli Jew mistakenly stabbed a fellow Jew when he wanted to take revenge for the attacks in Jerusalem. He entered the local branch of IKEA to stab an Arab employee but could not identify one. He then stabbed a Jew who looked like an Arab.

That situation illustrates the growing anger among the Jewish population in Israel over the continuing wave of horrific attacks by Arabs. Many people have decided to boycott Arab products and Arab shops and some propose a total ban on Arab workers in Israeli companies.

The Israeli government ignored calls for a closure of the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and for imposing a curfew in the Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem.

The Arabs have warned that imposing a curfew on the Arab neighborhoods would trigger an even more violent uprising.

The government in Jerusalem has now ordered the IDF to assist the police in population centers. IDF units will patrol crowded areas and construction sites where most workers are Arabs. The Israeli cabinet is reportedly also mulling over revoking residency permits for Arab Jerusalemites, and is discussing a proposal to encircle Arab neighborhoods.

It seems highly doubtful that those measures will help to quell the violence. Hamas just published another inciting video that instructs Arabs exactly how to carry out stabbing attacks and was reportedly related to the attacks in Jerusalem this morning. The terror organization is exploiting the mood in the Arab society in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria where dissatisfaction with the Palestinian Authority is growing and where the influence of Islamist groups such as Islamic State and Hizb ut-Tahrir is on the rise.

The Palestinian Arabs are seeing that in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and the Sinai dessert in Egypt how the Islamic State is using unprecedented violence to take over regimes and territory, and believe the same is possible in Israel.