Hamas Plays Gullible Donors For Fools

Subterranean structures containing weapon dispensaries or bunkers have been found under houses, mosques, hospitals, and schools in the war-torn Gaza Strip.  Reports show Israeli ground forces have been sharing photos and messages of these finds almost every day for the last three months.

The tunnels may range from small, winding passages that allow Hamas militants to trap Israeli forces to massive, ornate mazes that have elevators, power, and ventilation systems running through them.

The IDF uncovered a video of Hamas’ Southern Brigade Commander, Mohammed Sinwar, driving a car through a broad underground passage in one of these command centers. The group’s military estimates suggest that Hamas has spent millions of dollars on this subterranean system.

The “Gaza Metro” or “Lower Gaza” tunnel network is vast and intricate and constructed by Hamas in a region that is among the poorest on Earth. Uncertainty surrounds the availability of funds to construct such a network in an area heavily reliant on assistance from regional and Western countries and United Nations organizations. Estimates put the price tag in the tens of millions.

According to author Darshan-Leitner, the majority of Hamas’s budget comes from regular taxes collected from the 2.2 million people living in the Gaza Strip, even though regional powers like Qatar, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the Palestinian Authority, and other aid organizations have constructed or provide essential humanitarian services.

According to Darshan-Leitner, Israel has been facilitating the flow of funds into Gaza in recent years, even allowing Qatar to directly transfer funds to Hamas rather than combating the funding of terrorism. To prevent the establishment of a unified Palestinian state, she detailed an explicit Israeli strategy that seeks to maintain divisions among the Palestinian leadership.

She said that Israel believed that the Palestinians in Gaza would stop terrorizing them if the Israelis provided them with assistance, let Palestinian laborers into Israel, and improved their living conditions.

This strategy flopped.

As reported, on October 7, 2023, a large number of well-trained terrorists from Hamas crossed the border and slaughtered some 1,200 Israelis at a music festival and in residences.  Since then, Israeli troops have been working tirelessly to destroy the terror tunnels that Hamas has constructed and to find the over 130 Israeli people who they think are holding captive within.