Israel’s air, sea and land supremacy
is not mirrored underground, and the country could have woken up Thursday to an entire kibbutz under siege
Haim Yellin, the head of the Eshkol Regional Council recently told the Times of Israel, standing outside a tunnel discovered several months ago, that many residents in the region are so scarred by the prospect of a tunnel attack that they hear the phantom scratching of shovels when they close their eyes at night.
Each passing day will unearth more information about the whereabouts of terror personnel and weapons. And yet, since the goal of the operation, at present, is not the re-occupation of the Gaza Strip — but rather a weakening of Hamas, a temporary neutralization of the tunnel threat and a favorable, somewhat more long term agreement at the end of hostilities — there will likely come a time when the army downshifts; searching for tunnel entry holes and rockets and personnel can be Sisyphean. And it is then that the guerrilla soldier, who rarely stands and fights but flees to the interior and circles back, will attempt to strike.