Israel’s Amazing Capabilities
The psychopaths that run the Gaza Strip—Hamas—continue to do stupid things. Murderous things.
Word is that the semi-legendary Hamas tunnels that bedeviled Israel for a time…cost $1 billion.
A billion dollars!
When one considers what good could have come from that money, it sickens us to think of it. And they’re not stupid. Ingenuity and innovation must accompany such an effort, the miles of tunnels designed to hide munitions, and even to burrow into Israeli homes.
In order to escape detection from Israeli drones and planes, the tunnels were dug using hands and jack hammers. Stabilizing them required thought and planning.
And all for the purpose of bringing chaos and death.
Mohammad Deif was in charge of the Hamas tunnels, and he spent 20 years running from Israeli assassins. These new tunnels were sophisticated, even containing showers and launching sites for rockets. The aim was to emerge from the ground and surprise the IDF.
For various reasons, Israel has had to rely on old-fashioned intelligence-gathering, relying on recruited spies. Then they began a plan to destroy the tunnels. From a report in the Jerusalem Post:
“The IDF plan was in place by 2018, a joint operation planned within the Southern Command – responsible for the Gaza Strip – and IAF headquarters in Tel Aviv. Due to the size of the network and the need to surprise the enemy, the initial operational requirement spoke of the need for more than 100 aircraft that would drop more than 500 bombs within the span of less than 30 minutes. It was the kind of operation not seen before in the Gaza Strip.”
Incredibly, Israel’s military planners have not been in sync on when to launch such an operation. Code-named “Lightning Strike,” it is designed to take out the entire tunnel system, much of which is located underneath homes in neighborhoods! Israel’s challenge is to destroy the system without collapsing whole city blocks.
GPS coordinates were preinstalled, so that the planes didn’t have to leave their positions over the Mediterranean; the payloads were launched from there. Five hundred bombs—500—were dropped in Gaza that night.
This happened on May 14, and I like that because it is the anniversary of Israel’s independence.
The precision Israel used in carrying out this amazing attack is something to behold. And a reminder that the God of the Bible continues to give them wisdom and strength for battle.