Journalists and cameramen, accustomed to forming boisterous circles around
interviewees in press conferences, were forced to walk in a single file as we
descended down Hamas’s most formidable terrorism tunnel discovered by the IDF to
Within seconds, the light of day shrank into a ball of light behind
us, before vanishing altogether. Flashlights and camera lights broke through
darkness to reveal a carefully constructed tunnel, made up of a layer of
concrete slabs placed over the dirt. The slabs fitted one another like pieces of
“You can see what machine they used to cut out the blocks,” a
security source walking in front of me said, touching tiny fine lines on the
edges of the concrete.
“We’re now 20 meters underground,” he
Although I had outgrown my claustrophobia years ago, the tunnel
was so tall that we were able to walk down it comfortably upright, and even my
former claustrophobic self might have passed through without suffering
“It’s the tallest tunnel we’ve ever found,” the army source
Cables carrying electricity and phone lines stretched down the
walls, and occasionally, the security source in front of me would peel off food
wrappings and olive pits left in the walls by the tunnel’s skilled
“This is a working area,” he said, gesturing with his
flashlight to a cavity in the tunnel. “And here, it splits into two. If we go
straight, we’ll end up in Gaza soon,” he said, taking the left turn instead, to
my relief (the IDF sealed the Gazan part of the tunnel beforehand).
branch of the tunnel heads toward an army border post. They probably planned on
attacking it,” the source added.
Five hundred tons of concrete went into
building this beast, which, had it it been utilized in a terror attack, would
have definitely prompted a wide-scale IDF response and probably sparked a
The air was dusty, but surprisingly easy to breath, and if needed,
Hamas terrorists could pump oxygen into the tunnel from the Gazan
Walking through this product of the Gazan terrorist industry, I
wondered how many other tunnels Hamas is digging at this time under the homes
and farms of Gaza and southern Israel.