Israel faces a significant challenge in disabling Hamas’ Gaza tunnel networks, which are used for terrorist operations. A proposed solution is to flood these tunnels with seawater, reducing both Israeli military and Gazan civilian casualties and rendering the tunnels inoperable.
- The suggested strategy exploits Gaza’s geographical proximity to the Mediterranean to flood tunnels, forcing enemy combatants to the surface.
- Past examples, such as Egypt’s successful flooding of cross-border tunnels, demonstrate the feasibility of this approach.
- Implementing the flooding technique would likely incur minimal infrastructure damage and could be done at varying rates, with the potential to render tunnels unusable even before they are completely filled.
- While concerns about groundwater salinization exist, the current state of Gaza’s groundwater, already heavily contaminated, indicates that flooding may not significantly worsen the situation.
- The long-term strategic benefit of this method would be to deny Hamas the use of these tunnels, aligning with broader peace and security objectives.