Last week the terrorist organization, Hamas, proudly rolled out what they said was a “homemade” battle tank at a funeral for seven of their terrorist members that where killed when an illegal tunnel they were digging collapsed on them. A spokesman for the group said that the basis for the tank was a captured Israeli tank that was captured about two years ago in fighting.
While at first glance, the machine is truly an awesome piece of work, but a closer examination makes it a lot less formidable in person. In fact, it may be that the tank is more a parade float than war machine. So much so that a photo of the contraption prompted social media followers to turn their guns on the terrorist group.
Persons that saw the tank in person, noted a strange phenomenon. The tanks treads did not seem to move when it did. But then on closer examination of photographs, they noticed that tucked in between the mysteriously immobile tracks, what looked like a set of telltale tires.
Later when Israeli Government sources were questioned about the tank Ofir Gendelman, a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Hamas paraded yesterday a ‘captured, rebuilt Israeli tank,’ “FYI, tanks aren’t made of wood and don’t run on wheels.”
Few took seriously Hamas’ claim the tank was captured from Israeli forces, and reconstructed in Gaza. But some apparently did, and a Hamas spokesman warned it would soon be used on the “path of jihad.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman Ofir Gendelman also pointed out that the contraption appeared to be a mockup constructed of wood placed atop another vehicle whose wheels could be spotted poking out of the bottom.
Meanwhile the pro-Israel Elder of Ziyon blog reported Tuesday that a poster was created by Hamas’ rival Palestinian group, Fatah, mocking the tank. The poster stated: “Can they excite the feelings of their supporters with … sewer pipes and fiberglass panels?”
During his speech inaugurating the tank, Hamas’ Izzedin Al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Obeida warned the Islamic movement was “preparing ourselves for the day that we shall meet those [Israeli] tanks.”
That should be a rather lackluster meeting if it ever comes.
©2016 R. L. Grimes