On August 31, 2023, MEMRI President Yigal Carmon issued a warning based on numerous reports and clips published by the institute that pointed to intentions by Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) to launch a large-scale attack against Israel. These reports and clips reviewed preparations by Hamas and its allies for an invasion of Israel, including the manufacture and amassing of weapons; the digging tunnels under the Gaza border; plans for breaching the Gaza border fence and entering Israel, complete with maps showing distances and routes to nearby Israeli localities, and multiple large-scale military drills that included infiltrating Israeli territory from the ground and sea, penetrating IDF bases and the kidnapping Israeli soldiers. MEMRI also presented statements by Hamas leaders declaring that Israel has no right to exist and is destined to perish soon.
A list of MEMRI reports on Iran's role in the war will be published separately.
The following are links to some of these reports:
MEMRI Daily Brief No. 517 - Signs Of Possible War In September-October – August 31, 2023
MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 7476 - The 'Great Return March' Campaign: An Initiative Sponsored By Hamas, Whose Goal Was To Breach The Border Fence, Penetrate Israeli Territory - May 18, 2018.
Special Dispatch No. 10721 - Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Secretary-General Ziad Al-Nakhaleh In Interviews With Iranian Media: We Manufacture Weapons Thanks To Aid Provided By Iran And Seek To Arm All West Bank Cities; No Jew Anywhere In The World Lives In Greater Danger Than The Jews In Palestine – July 24, 2023
Special Dispatch No. 10637 - Iranian Qods Force Commander In Letter To Palestinians: Iran Will Continue To Support You With All Its Abilities Until The Zionist Entity Is Eliminated; Hamas Leader Replies: Iran Is A Firm Foundation For Our Struggle Against Israel And U.S. – May 31, 2023.
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Clip No. 9556 - Hamas Video Shows Fighters Preparing For Battle In Underground Tunnels, Warns Israel: Death Is Your Destiny If You Enter Gaza – May 13, 2022.
Special Dispatch No. 9946 - On International Qods Day, Instituted By The Iranian Regime, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hizbullah And Other Iran Allies Call For Jihad Against Israel, Threaten Regional War – May 4, 2022
Clip No. 8574 - Gaza Joint Command Military Exercise Showcases Hamas', PIJ's Commando And Missile, Drone Capabilities – December 29, 2020.
Clip No. 9251 - Hamas’s Al-Qassam Brigades Military Drill Simulates Invasion Of IDF Gaza Division Base, Capture Of IDF Soldiers – December 19, 2021.
Special Dispatch No. 9575 - Hamas-Sponsored 'Promise Of The Hereafter' Conference For The Phase Following The Liberation Of Palestine And Israel's 'Disappearance': We Must Differentiate Between Jews Who Should And Should Not Be Killed, And Prevent A Jewish 'Brain Drain' From Palestine - October 4, 2021
Clip No. 6478 - TV Report on Hamas Tunnel-Digging Unit in Gaza: Resistance Courses Like Blood Through Their Veins – March 17, 2018
Clip No. 6151 - Hamas Summer Camp Graduation in Gaza: Teen Cadets Demonstrate Military Training, "Capture" Israeli Soldier – July 31, 2017
Clip No. 5058 - Video Clip Presents Footage of Hamas's Tunnel Digging Unit – August 26, 2015
Clip No. 4421 - Hamas TV Report on Ongoing Rocket Production in Gaza – August 13, 2014
Clip No. 4404 - Al-Jazeera Report on Hamas Militants in Gaza Tunnel – August 5, 2014
Clip No. 4395 - Archival: Report on Hamas Tunnel-Digging Unit - November 16, 2013