Oh where, oh where has Hamas’ fearless (but will not show his face) spokesman Abu Obaida, gone? The masked mouthpiece of Hamas’ military wing, so loved by Jew-haters worldwide, whose priceless pearls of wisdom adorn billboards in such successful and progressive “economic powerhouses” like Turkey; whose chic and mysterious kaffiyeh-wrapped image is held aloft by pro-Hamas demonstrators in Jordan, Egypt and even America, has suddenly become scarcer than an unbombed two-bedroom apartment in central Gaza.
Thanks to our good friend at Abu Ali Express, who has looked into this, it seems Obaida’s shrinking number of appearances might have something to do with the noose tightening around the neck of Hamas leadership in Gaza as the IDF closes in. Obaida graced us with his presence nine times in October, seven times in November, four times in December, and only once in January. And here we are in February: nada. He doesn’t write, he doesn’t call…
Oh, please, don’t tell us poor Obaida is stuck in one of those dark tunnels filling up with filthy sewage together with the rest of Hamas’ fearless fighters, eating rain-soaked pitas filled with canned humous and bits of metallic scrapings from the tunnel walls? What an ignominious fate for our world famous hero!
About that deal with Hamas… I know this must be torture for the families of the hostages, but the arrogant, non-starter demands of the Nazi-Hamas leadership (guarantees of the cessation of hostilities, the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, the restoration of the Strip and the lifting of the blockade) are ridiculous enough to be a bit of a relief. A positive response with unreasonable, but not totally off the wall demands like these might have torn the country apart. But their response is just so ludicrous, it’s united the entire country, making everyone realize that the only way forward is to keep fighting.
The progress we are making is remarkable. Amazingly, Israeli forces have actually found an entire training compound, together with fake houses and kibbutz entryways and a model of an army camp where Noukba forces responsible for the October 7 atrocities did their training. According to the IDF Spokesperson: “As part of operations in western Khan Yunis, the Givati Brigade conducted a targeted raid on the ‘Al-Qadsia’ compound, which serves as the main base of the Khan Yunis Brigade. The office of Mohammad Sinwar – the brother of Yahya Sinwar – was located at the compound.
When entering the area, the forces identified that the compound had been booby-trapped by Hamas terrorists with many explosives, including some buried inside the walls, which were neutralized by engineering forces. In addition, many terrorists entrenched near the position opened fire toward the soldiers. The terrorists were neutralized by sniper fire, tank fire and the Israeli Air Force.
The compound served as a facility for Hamas to train terrorists to carry out the October 7th massacre. The compound contained significant training areas, some of which had models simulating entrance gates of Israeli kibbutzim, military bases and IDF armored vehicles. The soldiers also breached the central war room of the Khan Yunis Brigade and the offices of its senior officers. Additionally, the base contained rocket storage facilities and tunnel shafts leading to underground tunnel routes used by Hamas terrorists.
“In the area, a workshop for manufacturing weapons and tunnel infrastructure was located, as well as many weapons, including anti-tank missiles, RPGs, light machine guns, explosives, grenades, ammunition and more.
“Commander of the Givati Brigade, LTC Liron Bitito: “The Givati Brigade combat team raided the flagship position and training center used by the Khan Yunis Brigade and destroyed it. This is a very significant compound where many weapons were found. In addition, the brigade is operating resolutely in western Khan Yunis and is succeeding in driving the terrorists out of their hiding places every day. I am proud to lead a brigade like Givati in this war. The current generation has proven to be no less committed and moral than previous generations. The Givati Brigade will continue to be wherever needed and anywhere we are asked.”
Can Yahya Sinwar’s offices, or better yet the rat himself, be equally within reach? After all, Khan Younis is not that big.
When I can’t go to sleep at night, what I most enjoy are watching the videos of the IDF blowing up whole neighborhoods in Gaza. Last night was a treat. The buildings were multi-story, the explosions satisfyingly huge, with lots of smoke and rubble. And when I run out of videos, I watch before and after photos of Gaza. I have to say, what we are doing to them… maybe if the “innocent Gazans” hadn’t decided to use their apartments to store weapons and missiles …
I think it was the World Bank which said recently that 45 percent of residential housing in Gaza has been made uninhabitable. Which means, there are lots and lots more wonderful blow-up videos in my future! Unless, of course, Hamas does the intelligent thing (unlikely, given their track record) releasing our hostages and laying down their arms in unconditional surrender. But as long as they are happy to keep going, I am delighted to keep watching. Can’t wait to see what will be playing tonight!
Pramila Patten, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict who began her visit to Israel January 29, is scheduled to fly out today after meeting Israeli representatives, watching unedited videos of the atrocities, and hearing the testimonies of the victims. She also met with Israeli psychiatrists and doctors dealing with victims of sexual assault. She toured Be’eri and the Nova festival site where the atrocities occurred.
Patten, invited by the Foreign Ministry so that she could receive an unmediated impression of the extent of the atrocities and then bring Hamas’ crimes to the attention of the proper international authorities, comes against the backdrop of UN bodies such as the UN Women’s organization ignoring the reports of the appalling cases that have been uncovered.
Today she said that she hasn’t slept for a week since watching the 47 minute film of the atrocities: “Only after I saw the video did I understand things I had not before about the extent of the disaster that occurred here.”
Israel’s UN Ambassador Gilad Erden said Patten’s visit was “especially important in gaining international recognition for the suffering and horrific sexual crimes committed against Israeli women and girls on the 7th of October by the monsters of Hamas, so that the world will understand against whom we are fighting. The indifference of the UN and women’s organizations cannot be allowed to continue.”
Ms. Patten is expected to present her findings to the Secretary-General of the UN for inclusion in the UN’s annual report on sexual violence.
I hope that’s what actually happens and she is not a victim of amnesia when she returns. But honestly, I’m not getting my hopes up. It’s like the Red Cross during the Holocaust, acknowledging the “Jewish problem” in Germany to American colleagues instead of listing the atrocities committed by the Nazis.
This isn’t about us. It’s about her and her organization. Let’s see if she, and they, are capable of rising to the occasion.
And one more thing: Argentina’s new pro-Israel President Javier Milei is due to arrive here tomorrow. He’s bringing with him Rabbi Shimon Axel Wahnish, whom he intends to appoint as his country’s ambassador to Israel, and will visit the Western Wall and meet with our President and Prime Minister.