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August 17, 2014 11:20 am

How Hillary Clinton Enabled Hamas’ Construction of Terror Tunnels

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Much 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.

“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’ 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’ 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’s 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.

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  • mbkraft

    This article –which I just saw after a vacation–and most of the comments ignore the fact that most of the cement used for the tunnels was smuggled through the tunnels from Egypt.
    There were efforts to monitor the use cement brought through the Israeli crossings–not always perfect of course– but according to people I’ve talked to the efforts were pretty successful. To blame the tunnels on Clinton is just partisan hype as are some of the comments.

  • Jaime Alalu

    She carries a lot of guilt on her shoulders,Beghasi,now the enabling of the construction of the tunnels by Hamas.
    She is an ambitious ruthless politician,who would sell her soul to be our next president.
    She is a vile woman.

  • bob unger

    Stop making excuses for the perfidious PM, Netanyahu. You sound like Hillary making excuses for Bill; “Monica pressured poor Bill, he was forced to open his zipper”, “the devil made him do it” etc–The buck stops with the Israeli govt of quislings.They gave Gaza to the enemy.They gave supplies to the enemy and betrayed the Jewish people A real Jewish leader like Moshe Feiglin would tell Ross and Hillary to “stick it where the sun doesn’t shine” Will Algemeiner censor this[the truth]?????


      Bob, well “perfidious” is in most cases just another name for a politician and as for PM Bibi, well, he did win the last General Election with help from Israel-Beitanu who are certainly no less perfidious than the rest!

      This what is called a democracy, which we do seem to have in Israel. At least most of the people here in Israel are certainly aware of the dangers of Islam and anyone with a modicum of intelligence should see that Islam is just another evil in this world as were the Nazis and the fascists as well as various regimes in Europe and are no worse than extremist Jews who burned an Arab boy alive just because he was an Arab just as the Nazis did with Jews!

      I don’t think MK Faiglin would agree with this behavior either.

  • Dan M. Andre

    I would never vote for her in any event. I have no faith or trust in the clinton’s.

    D.M. Andre




  • Of course she is a partner of the whole trap! Norway government under Jens Stoltenberg and his people including his father who calls his son everyday, this what he did say in one of Aftenposten news paper article few months ago when his son Jens Stoltenberg became something in NATO. Norway is not a member of EU! You get it! Jens Stoltenberg is the very supporter of Hamas and not only did support the tunnels building but ordering Hamas when to shot rackets against Israel!!!! Norway did give fife hundreds millions Norwegian crowners to Hillary Clinton for all round business in the Middle East. Norway must pay the rebuilding of Gaza city, and pay the Palestinian people who lost their family members! Norway a coward nation hides behind crimes done by people who are recruited by Norway! Norway must pay to Israel also for Israeli civilian who were killed and injured under Hamas rockets attack! Norway will pay for their cowardice behavior!

  • Martin Bookspan

    She should summarily be dismissed from contention for the Democratic nominee for President—the sooner the better.

  • Tzipporah

    Great article. A Hillary Presidency is definitely not good for the Jews,Israel,America or the Free world!!! She also supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and is not well liked there.

  • With this past as warning prologue, how can Israel give in
    to the current pressure to ease the blockade? And given
    how much of an ally the US has been since the inception of this administrations, which has early on diverted bunker buster bombs from Israel (for possible use against Iran’s underground nuclear facilties) to Diego Rivera, the insulting treatment of Bibi at the first visit to the White House (given a set of demands to contemplate while the President went to dinner with his family, without even providing a cup of tea and after given unkosher food), the recent FAA restrictions on flights to Israel, the restricting of visas to Israelis, the suspension of hellfire missiles, and even permitting the restriction of US mail to Israel! Israel must resist this time, else enable even more missiles raining down upon it, from not only Gaza but from the north.


    Wake up USA>
    She will destroy USA and the west.
    She is worse than Obama and that says a lot.

  • Abbushuki

    On the one hand, they say Israel is strong enough to deal with negative consequences. On the other hand, whenever Israel does, the world attacks Israel with BDS and other economic threats. So Israel does not want to have to use force. It’s time for the U.S. to wake up and take ‘no’ for an answer.

  • Gabrielle Grossman

    People like Hillary and Barack are optimists who naively see the “good” side of people. I’m sure they never dreamed these terror tunnels would be built, and thought depriving the Gazans of cement was holding up their lives, and that they wanted to build schools, etc. I’m also sure they now learned their lesson–Hillary has, and will be much more protective of Israel if she is President. If politicians were not optimists, and hopeful that everyone really wanted peace underneath it all, they could not be inspiring leaders. But they often can’t see real evil until it is too late.

  • Fredric M London

    All true. And now Obama is refusing weapons to Israel. I wonder what his motivation is for that? The same motivation that will pressure Israel to give Hamas what it wants, while depriving Israel of the chance to win the next war. Hamas, knowing Obama has officially abandoned Israel, might not wait another year or two for the next war.

    Bibi, in advance, I am ashamed of your capitulation. This time it really could mean the end for Israel, G-d forbid.

  • Bryna Weiss

    Your attacks against Hillary Clinton will only alienate people like me. I am a Jew who loves and supports Israel, whose daughter, her husband and our two grandsons, live in Israel, who have visited Israel at least 30 times- but your outrageous right wing allegations have made me nauseous and I will not support Jews like you!
    If Algemeiner continues to post these ugly diataribes against President Obama and Hillary Clinton, I will speak out against it every chance I get!

    • rivka michal kahn

      Dear “Jewish brother”,(we are all brothers and sisters to each other) whose family lives in Israel, What has your family living in Israel got to do with the Hilary Clinton & Barak HUSEIN Obama team “feeding” Gaza with weapons like cement to build tunnels

    • Jaime Alalu

      sounds like the truth hurts!
      these are facts,and we can see the consequences of these irresponsible decisions by Mrs Clinton.

  • Tess

    And can we guess which Americans will be sending their money and vote in support of Hillary in 2016? Once again the American Jew will elect the anti israel/anti Semitic Democratic Party. Without the Jewish vote ohio and Florida would not have gone to the pro Islamic / anti Semitic Democratic Party and the world would look very different today.

  • Sonia Willats

    Are any of the ‘liberal democrats’ of the world any different? See on youtube also many conservative and labour MP’s in UK condemning Israel. THEY HAVE NO IDEA what the real issues are in the world today, NOR OF THE REALITY ON THE GROUND IN ISRAEL, and conveniently forget to remember that rockets raining down on the heads of Israelis is an act of ULTIMATE AGGRESSION (physically designed to kill civilians, psychologically to rob them of their peace) AND THE TERROR TUNNELS WERE MEANT TO BRING SUDDEN KIDNAPPING, DEATH AND DESTRUCTION ON A LARGE SCALE. But it is as if they do not see, are self-deluded, also by the liberal press.

    Recently found Walid Shoebat on youtube. He knows the intents from the inside out – born in Bethlehem, he was a PA terrorist himself. He knows and explains the intent of all radical Islam. YET THE WEST SLEEPS, CONVENIENTLY. They will wake up and realise that the Barbarians are already within the gates, and controlling them.

  • Michael Fox

    The US Secretary Of State does not set policy or operate in a vacuum. Perhaps this is one of the events that caused Israeli PM Netanyahu to say angrily to President Obama, “Don’t ever again second guess me.”

  • m_

    Hillary is a complex and contradictory character. I believe she would have done less harm to Israel and Egypt if she’d won the nomination in 2008 rather than Obama who has spoken in favor of making Hamas stronger and Israel weaker and has close ties to the Islamist government of Turkey and Qatar. Now she has called for a new world-wide struggle against ISIS and Islamic terror and aggression everywhere. She’s even compared the struggle to the struggle to contain and ultimately bring about the destruction of the Soviet Union. I don’t trust her but I’m happy that Obama will be history in 2 years. I seriously doubt that the factionalized and deeply divided Republican Party will mount a viable campaign for the Presidency in 2016.

  • Degel

    Who knows where millions of millions of dollars for those tunels and for that cement finished???
    Compeering Clinton’s behavior with malpractice of a surgeon is undeserved flattery towards her crime.
    Who doesn’t know how bribery and dirty money may be cleaned should ask a simple question: why her husband’s speeches brought the Clintons’ family enormous honorariums? Is he really “a brilliant Bill Gates” of talk show industry!? Who paid millions of dollars for a few hours of his speechs!?
    It’s true that without being caught one cannot be called a thief, but think a minute: if there were money that had been spent for those tunels, there should be people who got them straight into their pockets…

  • Okey

    The commentator, Dick Morris, who knows the Clintons well, called her “an evil woman.”
    He got it right.
    Dennis Ross played the Jewish messenger boy for the Clintons just as Martin Indyk played the messenger boy for Obama.

  • Werner Strasser

    Cement for tunnels, another fact that I will not ignore as Hillary makes her bid for the next presidency. Nihilists as heads of state are capable of one thing only, to annihilate.

  • myra vero

    Israel is a wonderful country. All the jews are blamed despite being innocent. They have to protect themselves from all the attack from the Hamas terrorists.
    Till Hamas is there, it cannot be peace. Abbas is almost as bad with the Fatah.
    They can never make peace unfortunately.
    All Israel want is peace. There was never a country for arabs, it belongs to Israel since 1948. It should be an independent state.

  • So how do they change and fix it??

  • Clinton is responsible…Do you give gasoline to an arsonist?..Case closed…

  • Sue Clinton for the cost of the War.

  • Barry L.

    Hamas is a group very hateful terrorists who goal is to wipoe out Jews – nothinh more. The be clear on this – wipe Jews – AKA kill people…THEN they will go on to the next grup – Christians.

    The construction materials were supposede to be for schools and hositals….BUT once they got to Gaza

    I don’t blame Clinton…I blame Hamas – this a group that mus tbe stopped.

    Hammas has:

    1. Fired over 5,000 rockets in Isreal – AND NOT ONE media person seems to care.

    2. built 30 to 50 TERROROnnels were for nothing more than trying to invade Israel and kill as many Israelis as poosible. $3 million each – money that should have gone for food, schools, hospitals.

    3. Hammas usaes HUMAN SHIELDS to try and protect their rockets and rocket launchers. This inhuman. This sickening. Hams WILL kil lcivilians if they DO NOT become human shields.

    4. Hamas WILL kill any journalist who report what they do not like.

    It time expose Hamas completely. They are nothing more than a terriorist organization. BAd people. Yet the UN recoginzes them. Why?

    It’s tiem the USA kicks the UN out og the USA.

  • Joel Nathan

    I still don’t understand why Israel can’t allow tents to be shipped to be trucked to Gaza instead of cement.
    It’s amazing what some of the new-style tents look like and how good they are in all kinds of weather.
    Best of all, you can’t build tunnels with them!

  • Scott

    She’s a Chameleon. A classic politician.

    She’ll tell the audience in front of her whatever it is she thinks they want to hear to get their vote.

    I fear she’ll throw Israel to the wolves if given the chance. She’s inherently like the rest of the left. Her instinct is to blame the superior force only because they are the superior force. She admitted to Bill Gates that she ran to the left just to placate the left and try to beat Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2008.

    If she’s elected President, we’ll have more of the same. Perhaps not as bad, but nearly so. She was one of the very first voices who shouted out about a Palestinian State. What she and the left have never realized is that Islamic fundamentalists are not negotiable in their desire to destroy anything non Muslim and Western in culture.

    She and her ilk CANNOT fathom that the political statements made by terrorists are to be taken at their word. She feels that these are just “opening positions” for negotiations. Just like her former boss.

    The world thinks it loves a weak American President. The world is wrong…..
    Doesn’t it feel very much like the world in 1938 as told by the history books?
    I’m afraid that WW3 has already started. It’s just that no one in the “West” seems to have noticed. Hillary will keep her blinders on, just like Obama.

    Chameleon’s have a place. In the forest. She cannot see it through the trees…….

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  • Hillary Clinton was never an advocate for the States of Israel, neither is Kery, however, Hillary is know by allmeans, she is an antisemite, she hates ( JEWS) – well, what do you expect from an antisemite? Keep a good watching eye on her, she is no good, but her husband, PRESIDEND CLINTON, was a good President, he should put her down in her place, she does not belong in politics.