It is projected that as Hamas renews its fight against Israel into 2017, the Israeli Defense Forces will continue to look downward toward tunnels as the terrorist modus operandi, as compared to previous years of looking upward toward rocket fire. In 2017, ISIS operatives will likely continue to be smuggled underground from the Sinai, working with Hamas toward an Islamic emirate that includes Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula. As the people of Gaza suffer under their own corrupt and murderous government, Israel continues to invest millions of dollars into their humanitarian aid of 900 trucks of cargo per day that go through the Kerem Shalom Crossing.
The border between Israel and Gaza has seen relative calm since summer 2014, when Israel discovered and destroyed 33 tunnels that crossed from Gaza to Israel—tunnels created by Hamas to infiltrate Israeli borders and kill its citizens. These 33 tunnels were part of a network of hundreds crossing into Israel and Egypt, kilometers long and wide enough to travel through by motorcycle. The IDF and the Egyptian Army discovered multiple tunnels in 2016, some of them six feet tall and including dining rooms and rest quarters for Hamas operatives. While Israel generates 90 percent of Gaza’s electricity (Egypt has since stopped providing the utility), terror tunnels have 24 hours of electricity per day while homes have only eight. According to IDF spokesperson Captain Libby Weiss, in 2017, these tunnels will likely continue to be Hamas’ capstone project. Priced at $3 million per tunnel, Hamas has spent tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars on the terrorist infrastructure.