Hillary’s Hand in Hamas’ Terror Tunnels

The authors are members of the board of the Religious Zionists of America.

hillary1Much has been said and written about the terror tunnels that Hamas built in Gaza. But too little has been said about who it was that put the cement into Hamas’ hands, thus making the construction of the tunnels possible in the first place.

Until now.

In a bombshell revelation, Dennis Ross, the senior Mideast policy adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2009 to 2011, has admitted that it was he who was assigned the task of pressuring Israel to ease up on its military blockade of Gaza, in the events after Israel’s withdrawal from that region in 2005.

“I argued with Israeli leaders and security officials, telling them they needed to allow more construction materials, including cement, into Gaza so that housing, schools and basic infrastructure could be built,” Ross revealed in the Washington Post on August 10. “They countered that Hamas would misuse it, and they were right.”

Not that Hillary’s State Department had been acting independently of the White House on the issue of cement. For example, Vice President Joe Biden told interviewer Charlie Rose, on Bloomberg TV in 2010: “We have put as much pressure and as much cajoling on Israel as we can to allow them to get building materials” and other forbidden items into Gaza.

But now that Mrs. Clinton is attempting to distance herself from the president’s debacles in foreign affairs, Ross’s admission shows that it was she who sent her personal envoy to push for a policy that ultimately enabled Hamas to build the terror tunnels.

Israeli officials have long been justifiably concerned about the danger of dual-use items such as cement. On the one hand, cement could be used for innocent purposes such as home construction, in the hands of a peace-seeking, trustworthy government. But in the hands of untrustworthy elements — such as the Hamas terrorist regime that rules Gaza — it could also be used for other purposes. Such as terror tunnels.

President Obama recently remarked, in his much-discussed interview with Thomas Friedman of the New York Times: “Because Israel is so capable militarily, I don’t worry about Israel’s survival.” Secretary Clinton evidently shared that dismissive attitude when she sent Ross on his mission to put cement into Hamas’ hands.

It seems Obama and Clinton forgot that Israel is the only country in the world that is threatened with annihilation by a nearby regime rushing to build nuclear weapons. Israel is the only country in the world that, in the space of just 65 years, has been forced to fight four major defensive wars and five smaller ones, in order to survive. Israel is the only country in the world whose next-door neighbors have built dozens of tunnels into Israel to perpetrate massacres of civilians.

Today, at least thirty-two terror tunnels later, we know that Clinton, Obama and Ross have been wrong, while Israel is right.

Hamas spent between $1-million and $10-million to build each of those tunnels, using as many as 350 truckloads of cement and other supplies per tunnel, according a report in to the Wall Street Journal, quoting Israeli military officials.

And it is “likely that there are additional tunnels” that the Israelis have yet to uncover, according to the Journal’s report.

Instead of lethal purposes, the materials used for each tunnel could have built 86 homes, or 19 medical clinics, or seven mosques, or six schools. But Hamas had other priorities.

And Secretary Clinton consciously turned a blind eye. Just as she turned a blind eye to other aggressive and anti-peace behavior by the Palestinians, such as the Palestinian Authority’s sheltering of known terrorists, its payments to imprisoned terrorists, the anti-Israel and anti-America propaganda that fills the PA-controlled media, and the anti-Semitic hatred in the textbooks used in the PA’s schools.

What are the real-life consequences of ignoring such Palestinian actions? An entire generation of young Palestinians have grown up incited to hatred of Jews and Israel, and glorifying terrorists as heroes and martyrs.

What are the real-life consequences of Mrs. Clinton putting cement into Hamas’s hands? The tunnels into Israel were used to carry out the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit and numerous other attacks in which Israelis were murdered. They were being prepared to carry out a mass coordinated attack on Israeli towns and kibbutzim, this year on Rosh Hashanah.

Imagine a scenario in which a surgeon decided that she wanted to employ a controversial and risky technique. She was warned repeatedly that it was too dangerous, but proceeded anyway and in the process nearly killed the patient. Surely that would be deemed malpractice. The surgeon probably would be barred from ever again practicing medicine.

Secretary of Stated Hillary Clinton committed diplomatic malpractice. Her own top aide has revealed that it was she who put the cement into Hamas’ hands, even after Israel warned repeatedly that doing so was too dangerous. And Israel continues to suffer the consequences.

Another lesson of the Gaza war: Even as we condemn Hamas’ diversion of cement from the construction of housing to the construction of terror tunnels, let us not forget that it was Hillary Clinton who pushed through the policy that made those tunnels possible.

[Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn are members of the board of the Religious Zionists of America. This article is part of a series. To view previous installments, please visit http://www.phillyreligiouszionists.org/lessons-from-the-gaza-war/.]

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  • DontMessWithAmerica

    It is time for diplomacy to take a holiday and for Israel to put its cards on the table – and screw the consequences. Netanyahu in partnership with Sisi of Egypt ought to tell the White House, stay away from us. You have been acting as our enemy and we have enough enemies in the Middle East so we don’t need you. We won’t tell you how to handle Ferguson and we ask you not to tell us how to handle our affairs.

    • mythenjoseph

      I agree with you Sir.

    • Matthew Johnston

      I think Netanyahu did well, he has been in charge of operations, but his first war as commander and a coalition government. Israel launched a ground offensive. Now we swap bones for more than the same amount of prisoners as Shilat. And they party over it. It takes great restraint and moral clarity not to allow that dehumanization to influence decisions over the wider population of the so called resistance whoever they may be.

  • mythenjoseph

    What difference does it make at this point ?…..I consider Hillary a vile and self serving woman. I came to this opinion while she was an advocate of government run healthcare while her “HUSBAND” was president and she along for the ride used the access she had ONLY because she was married to the elected president. Her arrogance as first lady was terrible and to me way out of line…she was not elected and had no appreciation for the life of luxury she enjoyed on the American taxpayers back. This attitude has done nothing but grown since. The idiots who let this carpetbagger become senator out of New york only fanned the flames and you have the arrogant bitch that now permeates the liberal media. Never have I seen in my 52 years a candidate chosen so far out of an election. Any who support this woman are self-destructive fools and obviously not capable of independent analysis of printed news about her and her actions. The electorate now across America is the problem …along with the blatant fraud of our election process. It is high time to go back to the paper ballots and not have immediate results until all…ALL votes can be verified in each and every county. Then we would not have a muslim kenyan as we do now.

    • William

      Er.. Kenyans cannot become POTUS. And no Muslim would have a chance running for President.

      • mozart

        Bill Ayers, again. Obumbum started his political career in your living room. That Kenyan DID just that. Why do you think his vermin-team of lawyers spent one million+ wiping out all traces of his real origin? And we have a de-facto Muslim as POTUS now. Just look, hamor!

        • William

          Racist much?

          • mtmla

            The liberal’s argument is always the same…can’t criticize the Golfer in Chief, it’s racism… The race card is an old and silly argument that has no merit any longer. The Lier in Chief is a total failure, and it has nothing to do with his color, it’s the way he runs the country and where he is coming from. Maybe you should remove your blinders .

          • William

            Actually liberals criticized Bush when he did the same thing, golfing in a time of war as families of terror victims mourned.

          • mozart

            Oh, yes you idiot, calling someone a racist is the last refuge of a scoundrel. Alinsky rule #5. Humiliate them, there is no defense. For your idiotic information, you, the traitorous left are the true racists. Jim Crow, Al Gore, Sr., Democrat Senator Robert Byrd (… Byrd was a member of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s, serving as a recruiter …. ) Back to the Kenyan. It is not possible, under your leftie insanity to oppose his damaging whacko policies, right? Anyone who dares to disagree with O is subject to your insane rule #5? By the way, you can find his Indonesian school registration on-line which lists his religion as Muslim. That is correct as his father was a Muslim and, under Islamic law, a child takes the religion of his father. Also, his literary biography for years prior to the publication of Dreams From My Father said he was born in Kenya.

          • William

            Actually it was his father who was born in Kenya. Obama was born in America. If he was born in Kenya he couldn’t become President unless he was born in the US consulate..

          • mozart

            You ARE showing your stupidezza. We all know about his father. O was ALSO born in Kenya, according to his own printed materials AND according to his own Kenyan grandma. That IS why his vermin lawyers spent a fortune scrubbing this particular fraud, to be eligible for potus. A recent, detailed sheriff/police investigation proved that the Hawaii birth certificate IS a forgery! Of course, you ignored the Democrat racist evidence I sent you!

          • William

            You don’t know much about Obama, if you think he was born in Kenya. What’s confused you is that Obama and his father have the same name. And no, nobody has proven that Obama’s birth certificates are forgeries.

          • mozart

            Hey, Bill Ayres, you cannot help your liberal chutzpah, hamor. My advanced degrees, dozens of high honors and decades of experience prove your small-minded words wrong. Yes, I do know everything that serious, unbiased research has shown about Obama, you just do not care to examine the truth. Your liberal religion is “sopra tutto.” I was actually hopeful when he first got elected, thinking that as a bi-racial pres. he had a chance to bridge the gap. No such luck, he has been a race-baiter, seriously worsening race relations in the US., with the help of a racist A.G. He calls himself black; I thought him mom was a pocelain-skinned Irish girl with blue eyes. When has he emphasized that side of the equasion? It is as though he had no mother! Sheriff Arpaio’s investigative team HAS proven his B.Cert. as a fake. BTW, the Font Page Mag. site is specifically to help Israel and the Jewish people fight anti-Semitism in all its forms, the latest of which is masquerading as anti-Israel, against Zionism, etc. What the heck are you doing here? Are you just trying to provoke us?

          • Well Done

            Michelle has said Obama was born in Kenya. Kenya says he was born in Kenya. Only a face certificate of live birth stands in the way of the obvious. How much are they paying you to look so foolish?

          • Well Done

            If he was born in Kenya he could become President of enough of the system was corrupt and enough officials were bribed, threatened, or eliminated. I know because that’s what happened.

          • Well Done

            LOL you think it’s news that the left criticized Bush? How hilarious.

      • Well Done

        Obama was born in Kenya and is moslem. His speech in Cairo years ago featured a last line, in Arabic, “I am one of you”. That did not appear in English transcripts.

  • johngvanvliet

    H Clinton is no different from Obama they believe the same, maybe Clinton is a better liar but has a very short memory and she twist the truth as easy as Obama… lots of people like her, but I think she is a snake and even more dangerous and corrupt then Obama……..but if they vote her in the problems we have seen today will only become bigger and there be more corruption… I wish people take democratie a bit more serious especially with Islam making inroads every were to destroy freedom !!!!! Hilary is dangerous I think she will be getting a broom stick when she enters the white house !!!!!!!!!

  • Gamal

    There is a huge underestimate here of the amount of concrete Hamas used for military purposes. Hamas has built an underground city of bunkers and tunnels in addition to the tunnels it uses to smuggle terrorists into Israel. see http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/07/22/destroying-gazas-underground-city-israel-forces-take-aim-at-hamas-terror-tunnels/

  • flyingsword

    By definition, we have a muslim president now. His father was muslim, so by islamic rules he is muslim. If he denies this, then he is apostate (you know what muslims do to them). Since he hasn’t faced any retribution for being an apostate, he must still be muslim. Remember, lying in islam is ok to advance the faith.

  • No Surrender

    There are Old Testament prophesies that say (something like) “A Good Shepherd – who will shepherd my people – will not come out of the New Egypt” and also that ” Egypt, Israel and Syria will unite” .. Who knows when though.

  • Matthew Johnston

    That is defensive shield and re occupy Gaza. Not enough votes. Sure that is an option. I mean if Hamas had used the aid before for it purposes, instead of terror. They are behind the eight ball before this war started. Now to get back behind the eight ball, even with relaxed sanction. The road to nowhere a set of traffic lights leading nowhere.

  • USARetired

    I always knew this b!t@h was a heathen, but did not expect her to go this far! Hillary is a worst example of a human being this Country has ever produced!

  • USARetired

    They should plant her in one as a memorial to support for the wrong side!


    Is there enough cement left over for shoes for Hillary to go with her block head?