by: Ilse Strauss
Thursday, 15 August 2019 | According to Yahya Sinwar, Hamas is well able to crush the Jewish state’s army and make rockets fall like rain on Israeli cities.
Speaking at an event in his hometown of Khan Younis in honor of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha over the weekend, the second-in-command of the terror group ruling the Gaza Strip slated the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as a nearly conquered foe, with Hamas standing ready to deliver the deathblow during a future conflict. “We are not joking,” he added to erase any lingering doubts the audience might have had regarding the balance of power.
“We will break the defeated…army if it crosses into the Gaza Strip, if Allah, the ruler of the universe, wills,” Sinwar raged. “We know what we say and mean what we say.”
Sinwar did make an attempt to temper his inflammatory rhetoric by stressing that Hamas did not want war, but at the same time said that the terror group’s “heroic fighters and operatives” were “gathering strength” and “digging tunnels.”
Apart from decimating the IDF in a future conflict, Yahya also vowed that Israeli civilians would bear the brunt of Hamas’s military prowess. “We will shower their [Israel’s] cities with hundreds of missiles in a single barrage.”
Sinwar continued to sing the praises of a fighter in the terror group’s military wing who breached the Israel–Gaza border at the beginning of the month. Wearing a uniform and armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle and hand grenades, the terrorist injured an IDF officer and two soldiers before being neutralized by the army.
The Hamas chief—who minutes before emphasized that the terror group was not interested in a violent confrontation with Israel—hailed the attack as “a sacrificial and heroic operation” and called on young Palestinians to “follow in the footsteps of the holy martyrs.”
Never one to miss an opportunity to regale his audience with the gory details of the damage Hamas’s fighting force will supposedly inflict on the IDF should the two face each other on the battlefield, Sinwar’s big boasts are still to be realized.
Since seizing control of Gaza in a violent coup in 2007, Hamas has fought three major conflicts with Israel. Although the terror group claimed a conquest in all three rounds, none of the wars ended well for Hamas. In fact, Hamas’s claims of victory echoed through a coastal enclave that lay in ruins after the terror entity embedded its fighters and ammunition in schools, apartments, hospitals and mosques, turning civilian structures into bloody battlefields. All three wars drew to a close with Hamas’s weapons caches vastly depleted, much of its military infrastructure decimated and the ranks of its fighters severely diminished.
Israel does, however, pay head to the terror group’s threats. Hamas serves as Iran’s terror proxy on the Jewish state’s southern border and works hand-in-hand with the Islamic Republic to fulfill its shared ambition of annihilating Israel.
During a recent trip to Tehran, Hamas deputy chief Saleh al-Arouri proudly declared: “Hamas is Iran’s first line of defense.” The Islamic Republic, in turn, boasted that its terror proxy is equipped and able to act against Israel independently. Moreover, according to reports, Iran cut a deal with Hamas to up the terror group’s monthly funding from US $6 million to a whopping US $30 million in exchange for Hamas feeding the mullahs [Muslim trained in religious law] intel on Israel.
The additional income will, of course, leave the terror group with roughly US $24 million in spare cash every month to spend on missiles, terror tunnels and the other essential military infrastructure it needs to make good on its threat to crush the Jewish state’s army and make rockets fall like rain on Israeli cities.
Posted on August 15, 2019
Source: (Bridges for Peace, August 15, 2019)
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