In a meticulously planned campaign of destruction, Hamas caught Israel off guard with a devastating attack that saw the use of rockets, hang gliders, and motorbikes to confront one of the most powerful armies in the world. Here’s how they did it.
The Biggest Attack
The assault, which occurred on a scale not seen since the Yom Kippur War in 1973, marked a significant breach in Israel’s defenses and followed two years of careful subterfuge by Hamas.
The Plan Was Hidden
The Hamas strategy involved keeping its military plans hidden and convincing Israel that it had no intention of engaging in hostilities.
While Israel believed it was placating a war-weary Hamas by offering economic incentives to Gazan workers, such as job opportunities across the border, Hamas was secretly preparing for a massive operation.
They Surprised Us
Major Nir Dinar, spokesperson for the Israeli Defense Forces, said, “This is our 9/11. They got us.”
“They surprised us, and they came fast from many spots – both from the air and the ground and the sea,” she added.
A source close to Hamas provided valuable insights into the attack and its lead-up. Additionally, three sources within Israel’s security establishment, speaking anonymously, contributed to this account by Reuters.
Hamas had expertly created an illusion of disinterest in a military confrontation with Israel while secretly preparing for a major attack.
The assault itself involved a multi-faceted approach.
Hamas launched 3,000 rockets from Gaza while simultaneously sending fighters who glided over the border using hang gliders.
They Breached the Electronic and Cement Wall
Once on the ground, these fighters secured the area, allowing an elite commando unit to breach the fortified electronic and cement wall that separated Gaza from Israeli settlements.
Fighters Swarmed In
The breach was facilitated with explosives, and fighters raced across on motorbikes, aided by bulldozers that widened the gaps.
Even Hamas Leaders and Fighters Were Unaware
A crucial element of the plan was to avoid leaks, which was achieved by keeping many Hamas leaders unaware of the operation’s details.
Even the 1,000 fighters deployed for the assault had no knowledge of the exact purpose of their training exercises.
They Jammed Communications
During the attack, a commando unit targeted the Israeli army’s southern Gaza headquarters, jamming communications and preventing personnel from contacting their commanders or each other.
The Hostage-Taking Operation
One of the most publicized aspects of the attack was the hostage-taking operation.
Fighters abducted party-goers near the Kibbutz of Re’im near Gaza, an incident captured on social media.
Transported to Gaza
These hostages were transported to Gaza, mostly early in the attack.
The assault surprised Israel, exploiting the fact that Israeli troops in the south near Gaza were below full strength due to some being redeployed to the West Bank following a surge of violence.
A Failure of the Intelligence System
Hamas’ ability to deceive Israel represented a significant failure of the intelligence system and military apparatus in the south, according to retired General Yaakov Amidror.
Amidror said that they believed Hamas would act responsibly.
We Made a Mistake
“We stupidly began to believe that it was true. So, we made a mistake. We are not going to make this mistake again, and we will destroy Hamas, slowly but surely,” he said.
Twitter Users Expressed Their Views
Several social media users shared their thoughts on the incident.
One Twitter user wrote, “Interesting how Hamas got away with the planning of this over such a long time and in plain sight.”
Mossad Knew None of This?
Another user added, “And yet Mossad knew none of this??? I was under the impression Mossad was so much better than any intelligence service in the world… Someone financed Hamas… Who started an upheaval in Israel to his eventual benefit?”
Not So Believable
A third user commented, “Not so believable this was such a surprise to anyone who has seen Gaza border security and knows Israeli surveillance tech is the best in the world. Isn’t the biggest surprise that this was not on their radar at all?”
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