The danger of Hamas is increasing. It is more sophisticated militarily than previously believed, as shown by the large number of tunnels it built since it has been the occupier and controlling government of the Gaza Strip. The sophistication is even more apparent now that Hamas has shown it is able to identify the time and place of visits of Israel political and military leaders to areas near the Gaza Strip. They have fired rockets and mortar shells at kibbutzim when officials were visiting. Whether information about those visits is being leaked to Hamas, or whether they are carefully observing Israeli military activity and movement in the area, is open to question.
It should be the policy of the U.S. Administration and of the democratic countries of the world to react to the Islamist ruthlessness of Hamas and its refusal to stop the onslaught against Israel. Two other things are relevant. In the continuing turmoil of the Arab world, one thing is clear, the fact that the country of Qatar is the main sponsor of Islamist terrorism in the world. As a result of manipulation and some corruption Qatar was awarded the honor of being the host of the FIFA World Cup, the influential football tournament, in 2022. The U.S. administration should take the lead in attempting to rescind the award unless Qatar ends that sponsorship of Hamas.
Also, in view of the strange demand by Hamas that the Palestinian Authority go to the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israel for war crimes, retribution can be taken. This demand gives the U.S. and other freedom-loving countries the opportunity to indict Hamas for the war crimes it has committed. Hamas must not be allowed to continue its path of destruction and to leave Israel and the world in fear.