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Hamas plans massive tire burn for next assault on Gaza-Israel border

Hamas plans massive tire burn for next assault on Gaza-Israel border

Huge plumes of smoke to provide cover as Hamas also instructs members how to conceal their identities to avoid being picked out by Israeli snipers.

The confrontation at the Gaza-Israel border during the so-called “Great Return March” last Friday reportedly resulted in 18 deaths of Palestinians, at least 11 of whom have been identified as Hamas, Islamic Jihad or other terror military members. When more information becomes known, it is likely to result in all or almost all of the dead being terrorists.

See my prior post for details, PHOTOS: Most Palestinians killed at Gaza border clash were terrorists.

It’s clear that the Great Return March was not a protest, as it’s described in western media, but a military operation using a protest as cover to try to slip terror cells through the border fence. All of the arguments about how Israel supposedly used excessive force on “protesters” ignore that this was a military operation by Hamas and Israel was entitled to respond accordingly.

As we have seen in the past, such as in the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, it takes only a small terror team to slip into Israel to do great damage. And there is video of Hamas trying to do exactly that as the “protest” created a distraction.

Hamas is being criticized by other Palestinians for having publicly acknowledged that 5 of its military members were killed, as that damaged the narrative of the event.

Despite hugely inflated claims that Israel “shot” over 700 people, it has become clear that Israel targeted a small number of terror operatives from among the huge crowd of nearly 30,000 people. As experience journalist Zev Chafets points out, Hamas was surprised by this tactic:

For decades, Hamas has tried and failed to defeat Israel through conventional military means. Lately its effort has been increasingly frustrated. Hamas rockets get shot down by the Iron Dome missile defense system. Attack tunnels are discovered and destroyed. Individual suicide bombers are killed or thwarted by sophisticated security measures.

The march unveiled a new tactic, mass swarming, designed to force Israeli troops at the border to commit mass killings or flee — a win-win from the Hamas perspective. It didn’t work that way on Friday.

But the IDF forces personally commanded by Chief of Staff General Gadi Eisenkot, used snipers to pick off individual leaders in the putatively civilian crowd (at least five of the dead were later identified as Hamas soldiers)….

Hamas is planning another assault on the border fence, but it’s taking precautions to prevent its members from being picked out among the crowds.

The first tactic is to create an environmental disaster in the form of a huge tire burn. These images from social media show the preparations. Khaled Abu Toameh at the Times of Israel reports:

Israel’s Hadashot TV news also reported Tuesday that Gazans were piling up thousands of tires to burn near the border in another mass protest planned for Friday, in order to create black smoke which would hinder IDF snipers. Marchers were also being told to carry mirrors to angle at and thus dazzle the snipers.

This image shows the Hamas fantasy of a sea of tires to burn:

The second tactic is for Hamas members to cover their faces to prevent being identified.

Abu Toameh further reports (h/t Daniel Rubenstein Twitter):

Hamas on Tuesday published what it called “security recommendations” to its members on how to avoid being targeted by Israeli army snipers along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

The new directive came following the killing of at least five members of Hamas’s military wing during last Friday’s violent events near the border.

The recommendations advise Hamas members on a number of methods to conceal their identity. These include wearing masks, camouflaging their face with crayon, and covering their entire head with a keffiyeh.

Hamas members are also advised not to carry cellular phones in the areas of the clashes, not to stay in one place for too long, not to wear white clothes or clothes with standout colors, and to be on alert for any suspicious movements within the demonstrations.

[Image via PalInfo Twitter]

So expect more trouble this coming Friday.

[Featured Image: Shebab Agency on Twitter]


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Can there be any doubt that these “Palestinians” are the willing adherents of a morally, theologically, intellectually and economically bankrupt ideology? When one considers that the “Palestinians” have spent 70-some-odd years since Israeli independence focusing all of their energies, their wealth and their creativity on attacking Israel, as opposed to building up their civilian infrastructure, their economy and their government institutions, it becomes crystal clear that these are not a people who are interested in peaceful co-existence with non-Muslims.

“Palestinian” miseries are entirely self-inflicted, caused by Islam’s intrinsic pathologies, yet, these people will perpetually blame every scapegoat under the Sun for their own ills. This is contemptible, and, it needs to be called out.

The “Palestinians” deserve not one scintilla of sympathy from any rational and moral person. Jackbooted, goose-stepping supremacists do not get to blame others for the miseries which their own chosen ideology has imposed upon them.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to guyjones. | April 4, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Spread an oxidizer on the tires, making them burn faster and hotter, that will lower smoke, and those who try to walk through them will be cooked.

    Do the same with all stockpiles of used tires.

    Use thermitic weapons to clear a no mans land along the border.

    Take out all new tire storage and sales facilities, a punitive action which will make them wish they hadn’t wasted all those used tires.

    MNCPO in reply to guyjones. | April 6, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Hell, in the areas they gave up to the Palis there were green houses, electrical stations, water stations, infrastructure. The Palis destroyed it all, to prove a point. Israel must be destroyed, we can’t take anything from them. They are a sorry bunch of UN leeches who breed nothing but hate filled children. It will never end.

Stock-piles of old tires can be targeted preemptively.

David Breznick | April 3, 2018 at 7:21 pm

U.S.-based and other western environmentalists will be deafeningly silent despite the massive toxic smoke cloud created by the tire conflagration.

A scene Winnie Mandela would cherish.

broomhandle | April 3, 2018 at 7:54 pm

Border security works. Wish our politicians would learn from this.

Fire suppression foam like the stuff used at airports could work if only…

I recommend dropping dewars of Liquid Oxygen on the burning tires.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to snopercod. | April 3, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    White Label Dewars? /JK

    What you are suggesting is… nasty. Very nasty. Might make for some interesting footage on the evening news.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to snopercod. | April 4, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Any oxygen source will reduce pollution, then Israel could receive credit for protecting air quality.

blah deblah | April 3, 2018 at 8:36 pm

This could present an interesting dilemma for the pro-diversity, pro-PLO, environmentalist climate-change alarmists.

    David Breznick in reply to blah deblah. | April 3, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    There is no dilemma for them. Your comment correctly ordered the victimhood hierarchy.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to blah deblah. | April 3, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    They are low rolling resistance tires. That makes the burning ecologically less harmful.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | April 4, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      If Palestinians want to turn tires into a weapon, then all tires should be proactively destroyed. It would be quite entertaining to see palestinians driving around on wood or steel tires, both of which would have low rolling resistance, with a much rougher ride.

David Breznick | April 3, 2018 at 8:55 pm

IDF should park a few fully-fueled AC-130 aircraft pointed away from the sea of tires. When the tire fire picks up, rev the engines. ALL the smoke will be blown back towards the terrorists regardless of the prevailing wind direction.

My suggestion is that the IDF drive a series of pipes, or metal rods, with some predetermined spacing, 40 to 60 feet into the ground in the area they suspect tunnels. Now the space in front of those crowds and tires might be a good spot. Then apply small amounts of water. Water is intractable. It will seek the lowest level, and if there is tunneling, take soil with it. When the hole grows large, add more water. Eventually there will be a sort of hole that just grows bigger. The dug out, the more soil to wash into. Applying water the the burning tires would just help.

    redc1c4 in reply to Milwaukee. | April 3, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    that might w*rk, but it lacks imagination and deterrent power.

    locate tunnels via technology, such as seismic analysis, ground penetrating radar, etc.

    drill down to tunnel, then pump it full of propane and O2, then add a spark.

    take it out like the oversized gopher tunnel it is. cave ins, etc, on the Paleostinian side are on them for using civilian (protected) structures as cover for combat operations, which negates the protection of international law.

      Milwaukee in reply to redc1c4. | April 3, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      Saturate the ground the the tunnel, taking dirt away, will create a sinkhole above it. Such a strategy requires approximating being near a tunnel. Effectiveness is not rated based on imagination. This would serve to fill the tunnels with both water, and mud. Neither of which is easily disposed of. Sometimes simple is better. As for the explosive, I would suggest piping in sea water. Sea water should have sufficient salt. Adding a cable with two exposed ends allows for the electrolysis of the salt water into hydrogen and oxygen. Neither of which is toxic. When a spark occurs, and a spark will occur, there will be a satisfying explosion. Probably cheaper than propane.

        JusticeDelivered in reply to Milwaukee. | April 4, 2018 at 3:30 pm

        Another benefit of sea water is it is corrosive to and will destroy cement.
        Propane tanks make good bombs, fit impact sensor to detonate small explosive attach to a large tank, say 1000 gallons and up to lift capacity delivery device.

wait until they find out the smoke won’t protect them from thermal sights.

i’d also track cell phones, and note any location where they seem to congregate.

hit it with a Hellfire or 3 as the phones start to move after the “protest”.

“a military operation using a protest as cover to try to slip terror cells through the border fence.”

Is that a description of the war crime of Perfidy under the Geneva Conventions? Why, Yes, It Is!

    JusticeDelivered in reply to SDN. | April 4, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Since Palestinians consider all to be fighters, then all should be considered as such and be subject to lethal force.

Get a crop duster and load the hopper full of pig blood.

Then spray the tires with the pig blood……problem solved.

    Milhouse in reply to Chitragupta. | April 4, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Very unlikely. You’re buying into the myth about Black Jack Pershing. Have you checked with any actual Moslems to find out whether it would work?

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Chitragupta. | April 4, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Hi nitrogen fertilizer, add pig blood if you want, but what matters is a rapid and very hot burn, then you don’t get heavy black smoke.
    One of my businesses is a farm, and when we clear land and have huge piles of green brush, I lay a tire on top of the the pile, and then put a 25% gas 75% used motor oil mixture inside the rim of the tire.
    When we light the newspaper in the middle, the mixture catches fire, withing a minute or so the tire starts to burn, sending burning droplets down through the center of the pile. Within 2-3 minutes the tire has burned all the way to the bottom of the pile, and the fire is so hot that there is no more black smoke. The center of the pile is like a blast furnace, and it quickly dries and consumes the brush.
    To burn without producing black smoke, you need high temperatures and to get that an oxidizer. There are many things which can serve as the oxidizer.

Israel has to stop playing the enemy’s game of pretending the bulk of “protesters” are civilians. There is no winning that game, no matter how careful you are to kill as few people as you can, and even then only actual combatants caught in the act of literal combat.

Instead announce, to the world in general, the Israeli public, the IDF rank-and-file, with specific hand-delivered notice to the Israeli Supreme Court, the Defense Department’s legal adviser, the UN, the US, the EU, the International Criminal Court, and the International Red Cross that all participants in the event will be regarded as enemy soldiers, and thus the ROE under the laws of war will be to kill as many of them as possible, not as few. Make the same announcement to the people of Gaza, both over loudspeakers, broadcast media, targeted telephone calls, and airdropped leaflets. Inform the judiciary and the opposition leaders that if they call for soldiers to disobey orders they will be arrested for sedition. And if the event goes ahead anyway, make sure the death toll is not 18 but at least 1000, and then don’t back down, whether to external or internal forces.

    Tom Servo in reply to Milhouse. | April 4, 2018 at 6:27 am

    We must give the IDF a lot of credit for coming up with a way to defeat Hamas’ latest ploy so effectively – it was really brilliant, and this new claim that they’re going to burn tires is both idiotic, and a sign of how desperate Hamas is.

    on a purely operational level, it won’t work. Suppose they did light a huge pile of tires near the border (doubtful they could ever get more than a handful there) Then the smoke is going to choke the marchers on their side far more than it will hinder the IDF forces. It’s a stupid, desperate idea, guaranteed to fail.

    Just like their idea about disguise for their members – those Hamas terrorists that they send up there are in it because they want to be Big Men, they want the people around them to look up to them and treat them like heroes – they can’t possibly let themselves look like plain old abdul in the crowd, that takes all the fun and all the point out of it for them. So even if they’re told to disguise themselves, they won’t be able to.

    Hamas drove a herd of sheep to the border, with 20 or so Wolves mixed in with the sheep. They never counted on Israel being able to pick out the wolves and ignore the sheep.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Milhouse. | April 4, 2018 at 9:29 am

    I agree, Israel needs to cause so much loss of life and property damage that Palestinians beg for piece. That is the essence of war.

The Gaza border is in Springfield?
Who knew! 🙂

It seems to me that a few HE tank rounds should disperse that pile of tires really well…or flechettes to shred the tires. YES! Twenty-thirty rounds of flechettes should solve the issue of a smoke screen really well.

Air drop a bunch of magnesium flares into their tire stockpiles before the march.

Then put “tires” on the list of restricted items allowed into the Gaza Strip seeing as how they have “weaponized” the poor lowly tire.

Who are the snipers shooting? Guys standing in the crowd or guys trying to actually cross?

    Immolate in reply to forksdad. | April 4, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    The snipers have ceased fire. It appears they were targeting leadership. Israel has a long history of making lemonade out of lemony situations. Hamas will want to fight the last battle by responding to what Israel did. Israel is inside Hamas’s OODA loop.

      MNCPO in reply to Immolate. | April 6, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      Exactly. Compared to Israel Intel, these guys are talking through Campbell Soup cans attached to a string.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to forksdad. | April 4, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    How about shooting anyone starting the fires?

Dust all the tires with Mace and itching powder…..

    JusticeDelivered in reply to alaskabob. | April 4, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Or blowing hot pepper powder into their area? How about bulldozing those tires towards their homes, and then lighting them?