Saturday, October 7: the world wakes up in shock. Over 1,300 Israeli civilians have just been massacred. While the population thought it was safe behind its walls, its iron dome and its barbed wire, protected by its invincible army, the country is undergoing an unprecedented attack. At the helm is a terrorist group: Hamas. An Islamist faction that no one, least of all Israeli believed capable of such an operation. So who are these men, with their green bandanas, capable of such atrocities? Who are the organization’s supporters? How did they manage to plan this attack?
With the help of leading experts, we investigate the rise of Hamas. Founded in the late 80s from Muslim resistance groups, the organisation won popular legitimacy in Gaza. We investigation its leaders, in particular the coordinator of the “al-Aqsa flood” attack: Mohammed Deïf. The Israeli security services have been tracking him relentlessly for three decades. The other mastermind of the organization is Ismaël Haniyeh, head of the political bureau. He has taken refuge in Qatar.
Thanks to the testimonies of former members of the Israeli intelligence services, we reveal the methods methods that enabled Hamas to slip under the radar of the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service: underground caches underground caches, a network of dozens of kilometers of tunnels, old-fashioned communications, homemade rockets and also the use of modern technologies, such as drones and cyberattacks.
According to its former director, Ami Ayalon, the Shin Beth had relied solely on electronic surveillance to the detriment of human intelligence. We reveal the financial support Hamas received to carry out this operation. For years years, the Iranians have been the terrorist movement’s main allies in its fight against Israel. In Lebanon, we interviewed a senior Hamas official who, a few days after the massacre, was delighted with the success of the operation.
We also look at the role of Qatar, which finances the movement to the tune of $30 million a month. per month. The terrorist nebula also relies on appeals for donations in crypto-currencies. The sums collected are enormous more than $100 million between 2021 and 2023. Our investigation will finally take a closer look at the movement from the inside, and analyze its hold on the Gazan population. A population that has been imprisoned for years on this tiny strip of land, living in part under the yoke of the by the Islamist organization.
In Egypt, we caught up with a Hamas opponent who fled Gaza in 2021 after spending two hundred days in the the terrorist group’s jails. He tells us about the group’s hold over the civilian population, the recruitment of young people and the terrorist group’s propaganda methods.
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