The heads of Hamas’ military wing are focusing on preparing for the next war against Israel. They blame Hamas’ political leadership for preventing them from making that surprise move inside Israel during the 2014 Gaza war that should have wreaked destruction and death and left the Israeli public in shock.
They won’t listen to the political leadership in the next round of fighting. They will once again try to launch simultaneous attacks on several targets inside Israel.
At the same time, Hamas is working on building up its stockpiles to allow for continued rocket fire over a period of many weeks.
Hamas’ military industry demands raw materials. It also must import tools and materials to construct attack tunnels. Some ten tons of iron oxide, which is used for rocket propulsion, have been seized at the Kerem Shalom crossing, enough for 20,000 rockets. In addition, 6.3 tons of aluminum oxide, enough for 620 rockets, and four tons of graphite, enough for 1,300 rockets, have been seized at the crossing.
Confiscated merchandise stopped on its way to Gaza includes advanced cameras, scuba diving equipment, multicopter drones, bullet-proof vests, generators, solar panels, communication devices, fiber optics, radios, computers, welding equipment, and water pumps purchased for the tunnels. Yet the basic assumption is that Hamas does have some successes in smuggling forbidden materials.