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Over the past several hours, Israel has been withdrawing most of its troops from Gaza after having destroyed all — or almost all — of the cross border tunnels Hamas had burrowed deep under Gaza and across the border into Israel.
This is a much bigger deal than most of the media realize.
In just two weeks the IDF has wrecked 31 tunnels it took Hamas five years or more to construct; along with most of the weapons stockpile the terrorists have been building up since Israel ended the occupation of Gaza in 2005.
This isn’t just another round in the endless cycle of Israeli-Palestinian violence liberals like to bemoan. In fact, the real question is whether this doesn’t spell the end of the road for Hamas-certainly the end of its tunnel.
As Son of Spengler recently noted here on Ricochet, these tunnels have been an ugly problem for Israel.
But they’ve also been a vast capital-intensive enterprise for Hamas terrorists. Ever since Israel left Gaza in 2005, they’ve been busier than carpenter ants tunneling and building this underground network of tunnels some of which extended for kilometers into Israel.
Most were dug with jackhammers some sixty feet underground, lined with concrete and wired for electricity—as well as dug wide enough for a car to drive in and out.
Many were jammed with rocket launchers, anti-tank missiles, as well as other heavy weapons.
Hamas has reportedly spent 40 percent of its budget — or rather of the money its Arab patrons provide them– on these tunnels and the weapons inside.
Now it’s all gone. Hamas also has managed to provoke the Israelis into wrecking Gaza’s infrastructure that’ll take years to rebuild, while isolating itself more from the rest of the Arab world that refused to lift a finger to help.
Here we can invoke Herman’s Rules of International Relations, Number 4: When the only friends you have left are John Kerry, the UN Secretary General, and the BBC, you know your case is terminal.
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