‘2.5 km/1.7 km terror tunnel from Gaza to Israel.’
This only serves to illustrate just how far certain factions are prepared to go in the seemingly endless struggle between Palestinians and Israelis. Imagine all the planning, the effort, the manpower, the expense that such an undertaking must have entailed. A 2.5 or 1.7 kilometre long tunnel is no small engineering project; its construction cannot have been contemplated lightly nor without due diligence as to its worth in advancing the cause of those who built it.
If these are the lengths to which matters can be taken, what then should be the response to so all-consuming a desire to strike this deep inside enemy territory? Where is the defence against such tenacity of purpose?
Eternal vigilance? The expansion of counter-tunnel activity? Retaliation in kind or in deed for these underground border violations?
Whatever the reply might be, the set-up, as presently configured, cannot respond except by the use of temporary and stop-gap measures; there is no possibility of follow-through, no sustainability in depth to counteract the programming of mindsets dominated on both sides by a 65 year-old catalogue of past indignities and untold suffering.
Time, therefore, to take stock and understand that, if the overall situation is ever to be resolved in any meaningful manner, conventional attempts at doing so are most unlikely to succeed.
There simply has to be some other way, one that ensures there will be no more killing – and very little waiting.