Israel used signal intelligence to spot Hamas leader, not the guys Hamas executed

Times of Israel:
Israel knew the whereabouts of Hamas terror chief Muhammad Deif last weekend, but waited to target his hideout until Hamas breached a temporary truce on Tuesday, local media reported.

According to a report Sunday on Israel’s Channel 10, Jerusalem received intelligence last weekend that the Hamas military wing head had emerged from his bunker during what was then a five-day truce to visit his wife and children. The government had solid evidence that Deif was in a building in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City, it reported, and debated whether to launch an attack.

Israel ultimately decided to withhold a strike, assuming Hamas would breach the truce, as it had breached several previous truces. It targeted the building last Tuesday night, hours after Hamas resumed rocket fire at Israel. 

Last week, Lebanese media reported that a telephone call from Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal may have enabled Israeli intelligence to pinpoint Deif, who has been in hiding for years in Gaza. There was no confirmation of the report.

According to Palestinian sources cited in the report, Mashaal, who is based in Qatar, was being pressured to agree to an Egyptian ceasefire proposal but wished to consult directly with Deif, and did so contrary to established Hamas secrecy protocols.  (Emphasis added.)

Israel was said to have dropped several bunker-buster bombs on the Gaza building last Tuesday in the attack
It appears that Hamas executed men who had nothing to do with disclosing the whereabouts of its commanders.  It is evidence of how panicked they were by the Israeli action.


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