Is the UN lying, or is it really that stupid?

UN ineptitude again on full display as it claims to have had ‘no indication’ Hamas was building massive tunnel network.

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Gaza, Hamas, United Nations
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant tours the largest-ever Hamas attack tunnel uncovered by the IDF, December 2023. Photo by Ariel Hermoni/Israeli Defense Ministry.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant tours the largest-ever Hamas attack tunnel uncovered by the IDF, December 2023. Photo by Ariel Hermoni/Israeli Defense Ministry.

Two things we know for certain:

  1. Hamas over the past decade constructed a massive network of tunnels spanning hundreds of miles with more than 5,000 entry points across the Gaza Strip.
  2. The United Nations has a very large number of employees (at least 13,000) operating in the Gaza Strip among the Palestinians, their favorite “refugee” group.

And yet, the UN claims that during all that time, it had “no indication” Hamas was digging tunnels and building who knows how many underground bunkers and command centers.

Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, seemed to stumble a little when asked on Wednesday if the world body, via its sizable presence in Gaza, had been aware of the Hamas tunnels.

His response was barely coherent: “I mean, just to see it as an observer, to think that the UN had any understanding of what was…any information about those operations, I think, is: No is clearly the answer for that.”

Dujarric went on to claim that the tunnels must have been dug in secret, though some would have clearly required massive earthmovers.

This is the kind of construction project that’s hard to miss, even if someone’s trying to keep it under wraps. So either the UN is lying, or it has once again been exposed as completely inept, and thus useless in terms of preventing conflict.

Of course, we know that Dujarric and his boss are lying in this case, not only because of the obvious, but also because UNRWA itself raised an alarm regarding the Hamas tunnels in 2017, and again in 2021 and 2022.