After an announcement by the IDF that it has “uncovered and neutralized”, what it defined as “an offensive tunnel” which was dug by Islamists from the Gaza Strip into Israel, a first such tunnel to be found since the last round of fighting between Israel and militant Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Israel has achieved a global breakthrough in the ability to locate tunnels. “In recent days, the State of Israel has achieved a global breakthrough in the ability to locate tunnels. I congratulate the IDF Chief-of-Staff, the IDF, the ISA and the intelligence and technology personnel on this unique breakthrough. The government is investing considerable capital in countering the tunnel threat. This is an ongoing effort that will not end overnight. We are investing in this and will continue to do so with determination,” Netanyahu said.
According to a military statement, the work to locate the route of a tunnel that was discovered in the Gaza periphery will continue in the next few weeks. At the same time, the IDF is working to try and locate other tunnels along the security fence with the Gaza Strip with the help of the new technological system. A high-ranking IDF official said that the effort to locate Hamas attack tunnels would continue, so as to ensure underground security. The officer said that in addition to the new technological system to locate tunnels, the IDF had formulated a revised doctrine for dealing with the tunnel-threat and that IDF soldiers started to undergo special training to efficiently deal with the threat in military installations that simulated tunnels, in an intensified effort to prepare for potential attacks by Islamists from the Gaza Strip and elsewhere against the Jewish state.