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  •  Why can't they be destroyed from the Israeli side? (6+ / 0-)

    Oh. Right. It isn't really about the tunnels.

    Not going to Arizona.

    by ExpatGirl on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 05:45:20 AM PDT

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    •  The tunnels are not open on the Isreali side... (1+ / 0-)
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      ... until they are used by the Palestinians.  There is no way for the Israelis to know where the tunnels end on the Israeli side of the border.

      Looking through the bent backed tulips, To see how the other half lives, Looking through a glass onion - John Lennon and Paul McCartney

      by Hey338Too on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 09:26:42 AM PDT

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      •  Do you have any links for this? (3+ / 0-)

        Not going to Arizona.

        by ExpatGirl on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 10:22:31 AM PDT

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        •  Trying to find the source where I read... (4+ / 0-)

          ... about the tunnels.  There's a lot of information about the tunnel network's complexity which is easily found.  
          http://www.nytimes.com/...?
          http://www.telegraph.co.uk/...
          http://america.aljazeera.com/...

          I'm trying to find the article related to the Palestinian raid against the kibbutz two weeks ago which said that many of the "attack tunnels" would only be opened when they were used in an operation - which is what makes destroying them from the Israeli side almost impossible.

          Looking through the bent backed tulips, To see how the other half lives, Looking through a glass onion - John Lennon and Paul McCartney

          by Hey338Too on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 10:51:18 AM PDT

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          •  One example... (3+ / 0-)

            From Time.com:

            The discovery of yet another concrete tunnel reaching into Israel from the Gaza Strip has alarmed the Israeli military, now increasingly fearful of an ambush by militants attacking from underground. The latest tunnel, discovered late last week, was revealed on Tuesday to be the longest yet, reaching almost half a mile into Israeli territory.

            It was also the fourth discovered in the last 18 months, and was unearthed, like others, by chance —in this case after heavy rains washed away topsoil, exposing concrete noticed by an Israeli farmer. Hamas, the militant Palestinian group that governs Gaza, acknowledged ownership and military intent. Lined with concrete and outfitted with electric lights and ventilators, the passage was tall enough to allow dozens of fighters to emerge inside Israel in a matter of minutes, perhaps to swarm nearby kibbutzim, overrun lightly manned military posts and kidnap local residents or soldiers.

            Looking through the bent backed tulips, To see how the other half lives, Looking through a glass onion - John Lennon and Paul McCartney

            by Hey338Too on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 11:22:58 AM PDT

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            •  More from the same article: (2+ / 0-)
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              The final third, perhaps 500 meters, extends into Israel, but stops several meters short of the surface, in order to be breached when the order is given for offensive action.

              Looking through the bent backed tulips, To see how the other half lives, Looking through a glass onion - John Lennon and Paul McCartney

              by Hey338Too on Sat Jul 26, 2014 at 11:26:54 AM PDT

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