Remember how all the learned analysts assured us that Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza would usher in a new era of peace, as the Gazans turned from jihad to more positive and fruitful endeavors? Well, it hasn’t quite worked out that way — but they clearly are excelling at tunnel building.
JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel’s military says it has found and destroyed a second tunnel dug from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip into Israel.
The military says it blew up the tunnel on Tuesday. It says the tunnel was packed with explosives and stretched dozens of meters (yards) into Israel.
Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai warned that the surrounding area is dangerous and “threats are still imminent.”
On Sunday, the military said it discovered a long, concrete-lined tunnel from Gaza into Israel, which it said militants planned to use to attack or kidnap Israelis.
Gaza’s Hamas rulers and their allies have dug tunnels into Israel before. It was through one such tunnel in 2006 that militants sneaked into Israel, killed two soldiers and kidnapped a third, Gilad Schalit, who was held hostage for five years.