3 Top Hamas Commanders Blown Away After Terror Group Breaks Truce

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Hamas warned Israel that it was opening the gates of hell. Now three Hamas commanders have come through to the other side where it’s even hotter than Gaza.

Three senior Hamas commanders, including the head of Hamas’s southern command in the Gaza Strip, were killed in Rafah Wednesday night, both Israel and Hamas confirmed Thursday morning.

Three of its most senior commanders in the southern area of the Strip were assassinated in the Israeli airstrike, in an operation that, for the first time, demonstrated that Hamas has been penetrated by Israeli intelligence, enabling the targeting of its most senior command echelons.

Two of the three were not mere senior commanders of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. Muhammad Abu Shamala, the “head of the southern command” and Raed al-Attar, the commander of the Rafah area, were part of the founding generation of the Hamas military wing — along with Deif and several others who are no longer with us, including Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh and Emad Akel. They were among Deif’s closest brothers-in-arms — long-term veterans with experience and knowledge that cannot be easily replaced.

Abu Shamala and al-Attar are tied to almost every major attack in and from the Rafah area since 2001. These include the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit on a tunnel raid into Israel in which two other soldiers were killed, and even the killing of 16 Egyptian soldiers on the Gaza-Sinai-Israel border two years ago. Thus the two had tangled not only with Israel, but also with Egypt, which knew of their ties to terrorist organizations in the Sinai.

“The strike was the result of intelligence and operational activities, which led to the detection and attack on two central operatives from the heart of Hamas’s military leadership,” the Shin Bet security service said in a statement. A third Hamas member was also killed in the attack.

“The Hamas leaders had “planned devastating attacks against the citizens of Israel,” Netanyahu said

The Shin Bet also named al-Attar as one of the architects of Hamas’s offensive tunnel operations in southern Gaza and as the head of the division that killed Israeli soldier Lt. Hadar Goldin while attempting to kidnap him. He was also allegedly responsible for smuggling weapons into Gaza from Sinai.

He’s going into a much smaller tunnel now.

  • liz

    Yes, if they want tunnels, let’s give them tunnels!
    Way to go, Israel! Keep up the good work.

  • john spielman

    God bless israel and the IDF!

    • sid_goldberg

      Which one of you k i k e s took my comment down?

      • glpage

        The brown shirt returns.

        • sid_goldberg

          Brown matches the color of Jew blood

          • UCSPanther

            More childish stupidity.

          • Gee

            Insidious – failed his Wasserman Test – so they only let him into the Brown Shorts

          • SoCalMike

            You got serious issues going on.
            Then again you’re not alone.

          • Peter McDougald

            This person needs to be charged with inciting hatred.

      • UCSPanther

        Quit whining about freedom of speech, brownshirt. Your favorite regime sure didn’t practice it when it had its day…

      • UCSPanther

        And in reply to your boast about the SS:

        The Schutzstaffel are long gone. Deal with it.

        • sid_goldberg

          My grandpa is still alive.

          • UCSPanther

            You think I’m supposed to be scared?

            Hah! People like you are at best varmints.

          • Drakken

            Your grandfather should slap the dog pizz out of you for being a little puzzy.

          • Gee

            Married to your sister no doubt

      • Drakken

        I still see that you haven’t put your money where your muzzy loving mouth is and joined the pali’s? Come on puzzy, come on and play.

      • Edwin Svigals

        is ‘sid goldberg’ related to ‘whoopi goldberg’?

        • truebearing

          No, he’s a gay N azi with serious mental problems.

          • IslamDownpressesHumanity

            Is he a good dancer as well?

  • Americana

    Daniel, I’m wondering why the story you posted releases this significant intelligence information — “…assassinated in the Israeli airstrike, in an operation that, for the first time, demonstrated that Hamas has been penetrated by Israeli intelligence, enabling the targeting of its most senior command echelons.”

    After all, you made the claim in the James Foley ransom story that the lives of American hostages were put at risk for the sake of Pres. Obama’s poll numbers by releasing the information the U.S. had made a rescue attempt last year.

    I would have thought that advertising that Hamas’ senior tactical tier had been penetrated by Israeli intelligence was not wise. It puts the provider of the actionable intelligence at risk of assassination whether it be a Palestinian in the Hamas organization or a nearby Palestinian resident. Whoever it was who provided the intelligence must be afforded total protection.

    • Pete

      “I’m wondering why the story you posted releases this significant intelligence information”

      What a f_cking troll.

      The story is already is published in the Times of Israel. So it is already public and the Times of Israel is read by thousands of people if not a hundred thousand or more.

      You get more pathetic by the day. Maybe you have COPD brought on by the hay. your brain is not getting enough oxygen honey.

      • Webb

        One thing’s for certain — she couldn’t be one bit more stupid.

        • nobullhere

          Wanna bet?

      • sid_goldberg

        Wow-the “Times of Israel”- and I thought the US media was Zionist-controlled- that is a whole higher level of propaganda from the anti-Christ.

        • Webb

          Oh, sorry about yer buddies there Pid, I hope they didn’t die burning and screaming, you know, like usually happens. Heh heh.

        • Drakken

          Hey puzzy, do you want to know that the last thing that went through their little jihadist minds before they blew up? Their azzes.

    • sid_goldberg

      “significant intelligence”- that is mutually exclusive when one you are referring to Israel.

      • Webb

        Israel leads the world in new patents. They’re no doubt stealing all your bright ideas, huh Pid? I love the sound of Jew haters crying in the morning!

      • iluvisrael

        hey schmuck, the keyboard you’re using in your momma’s basement has components created and made in ISRAEL – hahha! the jokes on you hans – must get your lederhosen in a bunch!

      • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

        Why don’t you go join your Hamas buddies in Gaza? This would be a great time for you to go there.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I wouldn’t have released it and I didn’t. I reposted an existing news story just like I reposted the Foley rescue story.

      If it were up to me, that would have remained secret.

      • Texas Patriot

        Good response.

    • Texas Patriot

      Good point.

    • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

      It’s not as if Daniel is telling Hamas something they already know because it is so obvious: when a Hamas leader is killed in a targeted assassination rather than in an incidental manner (i.e. when a rocket-site is targeted), the IDF knew where to find him. That’s the only drawback to these assassinations (which are of course perfectly legal under the laws of war) – the enemy now knows how much you know about him.

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      Duh, do you think the paleswine are too stupid to have guessed that their senior leadership may have been compromised?
      I’m sure many “collaborators” will be executed in Gaza in the coming days.

  • Pete

    If Hamas could open the gates of He!!, they would have done so weeks ago.

    I am surprised they have not run out of rockets. They have to be getting low unless they are being resupplied form tunnels to the Sinai.

    • sid_goldberg

      There are no rockets from Hamas- the Zionists just make stuff up to continue the genocide.

      • UCSPanther

        So Hamas is into making model rockets now?

        You really do think we are that stupid.

        You are a disgrace to the Reich!

        • Pete

          There always purges in a socialist system whether it is international or national. I have had relatives live through that crap.

          Sid, the virtually brainless troll, better be careful what he wishes for.

          • nobullhere

            Sid virtually brainless? He’s totally brainless. He makes an amoeba look like Einstein.

        • sid_goldberg

          No- they get them from their leaders in the IDF-DUH

          • UCSPanther

            Like I said, you are a disgrace to the Reich…

          • Drakken

            Come on puzzy. your all mouth and no action, put up or shut the fu** up.

      • Boots

        With the technological and intellectual superiority of the Israelis you don’t think they couldn’t have conducted an effective genocide already? They have the intellectual brain power they could’ve used NBC warfare to make it look like the Palestinians contracted a deadly virus. If it weren’t for Muslims emigrating to the west for schooling there wouldn’t be any Muslim scientists except for the bomb makers. Lets try a little experiment comrade… first go to Israel and see how you’re treated… even if you disagree with them. Then go to Gaza wearing a Star of David or a cross (oh… and tell them you’re gay) and see if you make it out alive. Get back to me about how Israel sucks after this little experiment. But you’re doing a good job getting responses here justifying your pitiful pay from Soros who should pay you better since he’s a liberal like you and and gives us this income inequality tripe.

        • sid_goldberg

          The h e b e s are boiling the frog slowly so it doesn’t look bad on the Zionist Evening News with Brian Williams.

          • Boots

            At least we have consensus that Jews are far superior intellectually to Muslims since you didn’t dispute that.

          • sid_goldberg

            The fact that you are saying Jews are smarter than muzzies doesn’t say much for Jew intelligence.

          • Boots

            More consensus… Islam is a pretty low bar… except for barbarism. Thanks for the agreement.

          • Gee

            It’s higher than yours – but that too doesn’t say much.

            How about it is merely the highest in this solar system

      • Eileen

        You bet let Hamas in on that.

      • Drakken

        Genocide? Really? Put me in charge and I’ll give Gaza a nice wonderful Teutonic touch, in spades. Its called a modern day Carthage.

      • UpChuck.Liberals

        Sid for brains, either your joking or you truly should be ashamed that your father is your brother by the same mother.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Happy Eternal Nakba!

      • Atikva

        Don’t be ridiculous, go play somewhere else.

    • Eileen

      They just released a video the other day of they making more in Gaza. Israel estimated they had about 10,000 and they have fired about 4,000. Of course they could run out of people to launch them.

      • Drakken

        No more muslims, no more problem.

      • Pete

        Israel should have found some and taken them out via artillery , air strikes a by ground forces.

        SO they have somewhere south of 6,000

        they can build more but supplies will run out unless they smuggle more supplies in under or through the Egyptians.

        Of course the Gaza flotilla could bring in rocket making material. I would not put it past the madman Erdogan. Winston churchill and the British smuggle war supplies on passenger liners in WW1. Point is, this has been done before.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Turdogan would look good lying on the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.

  • http://ironburka.blogspot.com/ Mullah Lodabullah

    Hamas members are not the gatekeepers to that destination, though they may well pass through the gates – Revelation 1:18.

  • UCSPanther

    Good riddance.

    • CowboyUp

      Now they are good terrorists.

      • sid_goldberg

        Israel will soon run out of patsies at this rate

        • Drakken

          You first scrunt.

  • oneteedoffpatriot

    Don’t you just love these heart-warming, feel good stories? I hope Daniel will be writing many, many, many more.

  • joe

    Sweet. I’m not allowed to say more that this because the comment police keep obliterating my comments.

    • sid_goldberg

      Zionists only allow pro-Zionist viewpoints.

      • UCSPanther

        You have no foot to stand on, pal.

        Your favorite regime didn’t like opposing viewpoints either, and had a nice pack of policemen called the Gestapo to silence them…

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        You whine like SHlTler in the bunker.

      • Atikva

        Whereas the islamo-socialist media (pardon for the pleonasm) are always unbiased, broad-minded and impartial, as illustrated below.

  • USARetired

    A good day in the land of the ‘Good Guys’ and the faithful, congratulation Israel !

  • Texas Patriot

    Relentlessly hitting Hamas leadership and progressively confiscating more land is the only viable strategy for stopping external aggression against Israel in the long run. Either the attacks will eventually cease, or the Palestinians will eventually run out of land.

  • PAthena

    Are the members of Hamas members of a clan, or of clans? Marriage between first-cousins is common among Arabs in North Africa, and this leads to the formation of clans.

    • UpChuck.Liberals

      No, it leads to mental problems. With any luck they’ll breed themselves out of existence.

  • UpChuck.Liberals

    Sniff, I just love a happy ending. What a wonderful story.

  • Alleged Comment

    SCORE THEN???

  • truebearing

    What beautiful fireworks! Can we see some more?