This is truly disgusting. Nineteen Months after Gush Katif residents were kicked out of their homes in Gaza they have not been resettled. Even those who were in favor of the surrender of Gaza must be outraged. To this day, despite all of those official promises, all of assurances that those Israelis thrown out of Gush Katif would be resettled and accommodated, not a single displaced settler family has been relocated to a permanent home, Most of their breadwinners are still unemployed and the initial financial payments have been spent for and to mouth survival in the absence of regular income.
But Thank Goodness not everything is being wasted. Debka is reporting that the rubble left over from the former communities of Gush Katif are being used to create massive bunkers for Hamas to attack Israel.
OLMERT Get your act together…what about the pain of your own people who were forced to make as sacrifice, that wrong for them and for the country. Maybe if you didn’t have your head up your butt trying to get out of another legal problem you could concentrate on the needs of your people.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive: Hamas recycles Gush Katif rubble to fortify 50 sq. km of war bunkers on Gaza Strip-Egyptian border March 5, 2007, 11:24 AM (GMT+02:00)
Hizballah model for Hamas bunker fortress in Gaza
Beneath the Rafah-Philadelphi border region between Gaza and Egyptian Sinai, the Palestinian Hamas has built a vast underground stronghold. A separate series of secret tunnels snakes under another Gaza border into western Israel.Senior Israeli military sources describe the Rafah-Philadelphi warren as spreading over 50 sq. km. It consists of a net of multipurpose, well-furnished tunnels, designed by Syrian and Hizballah army engineers for combat against tanks and armored infantry and equipped with thousands of the latest anti-tank missiles. It takes Hamas two and a half weeks to excavate one kilometer under ground. “They should never have been allowed to build this fortress. We should have stopped it long ago,” said one high officer. DEBKAfile’s military sources disclose that Israel’s heads of government and military knew what was going on, but did not raise a finger to stop the construction of Hamas’ buried stronghold. Neither did any responsible official or officer question Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s decision to abstain from military action to knock it out before its completion.Rather than feeding the Palestinian population, Hamas is sinking every incoming cent in its war preparations.“We are no longer looking at dirt trenches that cave in but military bunkers in every sense, modeled on the ones used by Hizballah in southern Lebanon last summer. Destroying this monster facility or putting it out of action at this point will mean heavy casualties.”Composed of narrow subterranean tunnels that link the broader passages connecting Gaza and Sinai, the Hamas facility provides passage for troop reinforcements and ordnance supplies. Their walls are made of reinforced concrete that can withstand shelling and bombs. Ceilings and walls are lined with concrete debris taken from the ruins of Gush Katif, the Israeli community whose homes the Israeli army tore down during the pullback from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Hundreds of laborers employed by Hamas have hauled 30,000 blocks and chunks of concrete from the rubble of Ganei Tal for lining the walls of their bunkers. The Hamas fortress has installed the water pipe system of Netzarim and Netzer Sereni.