Hamas Prepares Its Next War on Israel – Tom Wilson (Real Clear World)
In recent days, Hamas’ Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades have boasted that their bases close to the Israeli border have been repaired and are ready to confront Israel’s military.
Hamas is once again diverting concrete designated for rebuilding people’s homes and using it to build tunnels and bunkers.
Similarly, while the international community picks up the bill for Gaza’s humanitarian needs, Hamas has found the resources to open 18 new terror training camps.
While Israel is easing restrictions on the flow of goods and people across its Gaza border, the Egyptian blockade of Gaza has now become almost total.
The writer is a resident associate fellow at the Henry Jackson Society.
Gaza Preparing for War with Israel – Bel Trew (Foreign Policy)
The fighters in Gaza are preparing for a new war every day. “Many of the men have moved underground,” says Abu Mujahid, 40, a commander in the Nasser Salahuddin Brigade of the Popular Resistance Committees. “There are people right now under your feet,” his second-in-command, Abu Saif, 28, adds.
Yet for all the bluster, the fighters begrudgingly acknowledge that the civilian population probably cannot weather another war. Eight months after the last war, Gaza is still flattened.
Most Gaza residents have just three to six hours of electricity a day. The water in the taps is salty because seawater has infiltrated the coastal aquifer. Sewage is openly flowing onto the beaches.