Hamas terrorists stage first “military exercise” with tunnels, drones, rockets

The Hamas military wing, launching its first “exercise” on Sunday, March 25, tested its internal tunnel network, test-fired rockets towards the sea and lofted drones and gliders. “We have an army,” said a spokesman. Its initial communique aped the format of IDF spokesmen’s announcements. DEBKAfile’s military sources report: Most of the ground forces operated out of the internal tunnel network; the rocket squads fired between 10 and 12 rockets towards preset areas of the Mediterranean Sea; and a large number of drones made in Iran were lofted. Hamas mobilized four regional brigades for the exercise, all of them drilled for autonomous action. The terrorist group, striving hard for the image of a proper army rather than a paramilitary or terrorist organization, is preparing to release its greatest secret, the names of its senior officers.

As DEBKAfile reported earlier Sunday, this exercise is the prologue for  the Palestinian extremists’ next act of war on Israel, “The Great March of Return” – or the “March of Millions,” starting on Passover Eve, March 30, and unfolding up until May 15, when Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary of independence and the Palestinians mark a day of mourning for the Naqba. A tent city is going up behind the Gaza the border to house large numbers of civilians, including many women and children, who are intended by the sheer force of masses to flatten the border fence and surge across into Israel. That is the Hamas plan.
Before launching its “exercise,” four Hamas operatives managed on Saturday night, March 24, to cut through the Gaza-Israel security fence near Kibbutz Kissufim and reached unnoticed the big IDF crane and other equipment used for building a concrete wall fitted with sensors dozens of meters under group for blocking terrorist tunnels under the Gaza border into Israel. Still unnoticed, they poured flammable materials on the equipment and ignited it. Alerted by the black smoke, Israeli soldiers arrived in time to beat out the fire, while the four infiltrators escaped and slipped back across the border. Found later were containers of gasoline and glue.

Hamas therefore came close to pulling off a sabotage operation that caught Israel’s defense chiefs napping a week ahead of its threatened mass march and in the middle of widely publicized account of IDF preparations for thwarting it  The IDF retaliated as per usual by bombing a Hamas compound in Rafah, in southern Gaza.  But clearly Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkot and the Gaza Region’s OC Brig.-Gen. Yehuda Fuchs, have some explaining to do, DEBKAfile’s military sources note. Not surprisingly Israel’s defense cabinet was called into urgent session Sunday when some of the ministers posed hard questions over the infiltration: How did the IDF spotters posted round the clock miss the four infiltrators? Where were the units supposed to be deployed behind the sand banks along the border fence? Were there no guards at the site of the heavy engineering equipment used in works for blocking the tunnels? Above all, how was the IDF preparing to thwart the big Hamas event in the next six weeks?
The IDF spokesman issued a bombastic announcement which offered no answers to any of those questions. “The IDF takes a grave view of all attempts to damage Israel’s security infrastructure and the security fence as well as breaches of Israel’s sovereignty above and below ground. Hamas is held responsible for any aggression emanating from the Gaza Strip.

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  • Mar 25, 2018 @ 13:08 at 13:08
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    such bravery will not go unrewarded with a dishonourably disproportionate and murderous counter action.

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    • Mar 25, 2018 @ 19:13 at 19:13
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      Honor doesn’t factor against an enemy that calls for extermination of the Jewish nation. Disproportioninate response is always the argument used by the aggressor. Any aggresssion is disproportionate to non aggression and it’s response must be one that ceases all future actions, something the mighty nation of Israel has yet to do, out of political fear. War in and of itself must be disproportionate if one side is to win, otherwise it’s a lifetime of tit for tat.

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      • Mar 26, 2018 @ 0:29 at 0:29
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        From where do you get this ‘jewish nation’? What is the epistemological basis for a muli national ethno religious group, such as the jewish people, to be a jewish nation, a nation of judges? Aren’t the nations vanity?

        ‘When a man’s ways please YHWH , he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.’

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        • Mar 26, 2018 @ 3:55 at 3:55
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          We all note that you didn’t answer Ben Zalman.

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        • Mar 26, 2018 @ 6:27 at 6:27
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          Good question. From where do we get any nation? Each nation and people has its own story, or stories. Only an anti-Semite would view the Jewish story as illegitimate.

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        • Mar 26, 2018 @ 11:09 at 11:09
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          “From where do you get this ‘jewish nation’?”

          @iVaN,

          From where does one get:

          The Arab Republic of Egypt?
          The Islamic Republic of Iran?
          Sunni Islam being the official religion of Saudi Arabia?
          The Church of England being the official church of the United Kingdom?
          The cross on the flag of Switzerland?

          What is your agenda for singling out Israel as a Jewish nation?

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        • Mar 26, 2018 @ 11:43 at 11:43
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          Go live among the terrorists you love, damn freak; they who will soon do away with you.

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      • Mar 26, 2018 @ 2:20 at 2:20
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        counteraction NO NEXT action will be a blitz as in 1967 total mobilization millions of gazaz and lebanon will be relocated to the sini south lebanon will be annexed assad and shitsaria the bearded jerk will be killed assad s palace destroyed iran a possible destruction of its missile silos by bunker busters . IN OTHER WORDS ANOTHER HUMILATING DEFEAT OF 3 RD RATE ARAB MILITARIES. WHY because PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL NOT HOLD THE MIGHTY IDF BACK

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    • Mar 25, 2018 @ 23:30 at 23:30
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      I hope it will be as disproportionate as possible

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      • Mar 26, 2018 @ 2:22 at 2:22
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        IT WILL THE IDF WILL TAKE THE SILK GLOVES OFF FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1973

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    • Mar 25, 2018 @ 23:48 at 23:48
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      72 Virgins can rest a bit longer.

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      • Mar 26, 2018 @ 0:05 at 0:05
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        Virginous Camels

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  • Mar 25, 2018 @ 19:37 at 19:37
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    Unfortunately the video shows Israel’s defense forces were nowhere to be seen in this attack. It would have been easy to stop it

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  • Mar 25, 2018 @ 21:04 at 21:04
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    The two-legged Hamas rats are itching for a show-down, which HOPEFULLY will be the Final one –
    for this parasitic band of wholesale murderers ! The I.D.F Must be allowed to finish off that stinking rat-hole
    with a conclusive military victory – Israel had enough of half-assed measures !

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    • Apr 1, 2018 @ 6:33 at 6:33
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      Are you calling for genocide?

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  • Mar 25, 2018 @ 23:51 at 23:51
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    Hopefully the IDF has pinpointed the spiderholes Hamass leadership hide in.

    Send Hamassholes to Allah and let Allah sort ’em out.

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  • Mar 26, 2018 @ 0:03 at 0:03
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    The Palooserstinians need to understand the risk of provoking GREAT Israel. When they approach the border on their Camels the IDF needs to shoot the Camels
    The Palooserstinians WORSHIP their Camels especially the ones with the largest pricks. Think will cause these Mudslime roaches to scatter and probably to surrender. No more Pussy footing around.

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  • Mar 26, 2018 @ 0:16 at 0:16
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    Hamas boasts of an ‘army’ of men on scooters with a few rockets and drones. LOL. All of the Palestinians know who has the real army. HAMAS SHOULD DEVOTE ITS ENERGY INTO IMPROVING THE LIFE OF IT’S PEOPLE, NOT IN PLAYING WITH FIRE.

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    • Mar 26, 2018 @ 2:26 at 2:26
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      IF THE ENTIRE EGYPTION ARMY ALONG WITH THE WELL TRAINED JORDANIAN WITH 9 OTHER ARAB DIVISIONS COULD NOT WIN 3 MAJOR WARS I THINK THESE 3RD RATE WANA BE SOLDIERS THINK THEY CAN UNTILL THE FULL MIGHT OF THE IDF SQUASHES THEM

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  • Mar 26, 2018 @ 1:28 at 1:28
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    Now the left wing idiots can see where there humanitarian money is going too. Don’t cry now that they don’t have food and medicine you can clearly see soon where it’s going.

    Cheers

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  • Mar 26, 2018 @ 2:19 at 2:19
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    Looks like they took Iranian Soleimani’s advice that firing rockets is not enough. Too bad that Israel can get rid of them but does not have the will to do so. What is Israel waiting for? Waiting until Hamas develops capacities like Hezbollah before doing anything?

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  • Mar 26, 2018 @ 4:02 at 4:02
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    You guys that are so confident in the power of the IDF yet make no mention of the God of Israel are exactly the kind I wouldn’t want running my army because your pride endangers it.
    Isaiah 22
    [10] Ye have seen also the breaches g of the city of David, that they are many: and ye gathered together the waters of the lower pool.
    [10] And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall.
    [11] Ye made also a ditch h between the two walls for the water of the old pool: BUT ye have not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto him that fashioned it long ago.

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    • Mar 26, 2018 @ 10:48 at 10:48
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      @Hiram,

      Isn’t it great (on your part) to be able to (only partially) quote things out of context, Hiram!

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      • Mar 26, 2018 @ 11:22 at 11:22
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        Just to note, Hiram, just to be fair, that there are plenty of Israelis who are serving in the IDF who are not only proud of the IDF for protecting and preserving their country but who also respect their Jewish religion and culture, even if not everyone in Israel practices the full extent of “Orthodox” Judaism.

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  • Mar 26, 2018 @ 11:32 at 11:32
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    BRING OVER THE B52 CARPET BOBMERS BY THE DOZENS.

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  • Mar 26, 2018 @ 17:55 at 17:55
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    Israel is smart, it’s trying to bait Hamas to thinking that they are weak. Oops four people infiltrated without being noticed, oops the Iron Dome malfunctioned, oops the tunnels we exploded are irrelevant. Hamas will feel arrogant and will make the biggest mistake of their existence by launching an attack on Israel. The rest will be history

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  • Mar 26, 2018 @ 22:27 at 22:27
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    Oh no. Looks like more images of crying arab women and children on my tv soon. When will they learn???

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  • Mar 27, 2018 @ 4:54 at 4:54
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    balls of steel:
    have you ever tried to steal the tires of a police car while the police men are sitting in that damn car and having their coffe?

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  • Mar 27, 2018 @ 14:50 at 14:50
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    The safest way to defend is fire, there should be a long line of fire along the border, or sporadic flames zigzagging. It doesn’t matter how determined someone thinks they are, the masses will not jump into the fire for the hamass leaders.

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