In the early morning hours, a military spokesman said, the Israeli air force hit the opening of an incursion tunnel used by Hamas militants to sneak under the Gaza border fence for an attack inside Israel. The opening was about 250 yards inside Israel and a little more than a mile away from a kibbutz, apparently the intended target.
An infrared camera video clip released by the Israelis shows 13 men armed with long weapons scurrying about and then entering a hole in the ground in the middle of a field. Once they are all below ground, the screen fills with a flash of light and a large cloud.
The prospect of long tunnels filled with gunmen ready to massacre everyone in a border town means that Israel has few choices. An occupation seems pre-ordained when Hamas attempts such a thing.
Ambassador Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., discussed this specific threat in my interview with him Tuesday, as well as the attempts that Hamas has made to launch assaults on civilians from the sea. No government can wait and wait for the enemy to kill many of its own people before striking in an effective way.
Young people in Israel have begun using the hashtag #IsraelUnderAttack. It really is, and it will have to respond before an intention massacre succeeds.
“Israel uses rockets to protect civilians,” Jim Talent said on my program earlier this week. “Hamas uses rockets to try and kill them.” Hamas is also using tunnels to attempt massacres. That should be the end of any conversation about why the IDF has to occupy Gaza.