Oh, noes! Following Donald Trump’s announcement yesterday that the American embassy in Israel would be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a spokesman for the terrorist group Hamas said, “Trump’s decision on Jerusalem will not succeed in changing the fact that Jerusalem is an Arab Muslim land.” He punctuated his acknowledgment with a threat that the move “opens the gates of hell.”
That sounds pretty ominous. Who wants the gates of hell open?
Actually, it turns out the gates of hell have been opened before, as recently as Oct. 31 of this year:
— Israel Hayom English (@IsraelHayomEng) October 31, 2017
The blast in question was from a bomb detonated by Israel Defense Forces on Oct. 30 to seal off an “attack” tunnel from the Gazan city of Khan Younis into Israeli territory, near Kibbutz Kissufim. According to The Times of Israel:
Nine Palestinian terrorists — including two senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad commanders and members of Hamas’s elite naval unit — were reported killed in the Israeli strike, and another five were still said missing as of Wednesday and are presumed dead.
One can certainly understand the Palestinians’ pique over this action. How dare the Israelis seek to close off a “secret” underground route through which Hamas could carry out its daily attempts at murdering innocent civilians living in the Jewish state.
Hamas made another “gates of hell” threat in June of 2014:
Any Israeli attack will open 'the gates of hell', warns Hamas. http://t.co/QKiFpfIyDp
— The West Australian (@westaustralian) June 30, 2014
The threat this time came after Israel vowed to retaliate against the terrorist group for the murder of three teenagers who had disappeared while hitchhiking in the southern West Bank on June 12 and whose bodies were later found.