Hamas bulldozers leveled Gaza border ground, Nasrallah brandished his missiles, Palestinian extremists clashed with settlers and Iran switched to the “offensive,” as Israel’s April 9 election campaign got underway.
On Monday, Jan. 28, the Palestinian extremist Hamas released photos of bulldozers clearing the ground along the Gaza-Israeli border to prepare for more of the mass riots that have plagued Israeli border forces for ten months. Its spokesmen moreover announced preparations to renew the incendiary balloon and glider attacks against Israeli border communities, as well as keeping up terrorist gang attempts to smash through the border.
By this tactic, Hamas sought to show up as wasted effort Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s deal for channeling Qatar’s Gaza funding to humanitarian needs rather than the Hamas payroll. The Palestinian terrorists had managed to outmaneuver this deal. Hamas now controls the Qatari allocations, while retaining the option for escalating its cross-border attacks, in breach of its ceasefire bargain with Qatar. Indeed, there is nothing to stop Hamas from reverting to rocket attacks at any time it chooses. Hamas therefore holds a strong lever for disrupting the Likud and Netanyahu’s campaign for re-election by exercising its initiative for generating violence.