Yahya Sinwar is on the run

Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in Gaza, is currently evading capture, possibly seeking refuge in the Rafah area. It is imperative for the IDF to take control of Rafah promptly to enhance efforts to locate him.

The ongoing psychological warfare between Israel and Hamas escalated when the IDF uncovered a document in Gaza outlining Hamas’ plans for psychological warfare against Israeli society in conjunction with negotiations for the release of Israeli hostages.

Israel responded by intensifying both psychological and military pressure on Hamas.

The decision to release footage of Yahya Sinwar and his family in Hamas tunnels, along with images of discovered money and safes, was strategic and impactful.

The revelations have sparked outrage among Gazans, further exposing Hamas’ corruption and its leadership’s self-serving agenda, particularly that of Sinwar and Muhammad Def.

Sinwar, along with his close associates, is now on the run, using Israeli hostages as human shields. It is speculated that he may have moved from Khan Yunis to Rafah through underground tunnels, necessitating IDF intervention in Rafah to pursue him.

Although Sinwar is isolated and not directly involved in hostage negotiations, his group remains defiant and may resort to extreme measures to evade capture.

Despite rumors of fragmented communication with overseas leadership, the veracity of such claims remains unconfirmed.

The IDF should continue releasing visual materials exposing Hamas’ military leadership in tunnels to bolster the psychological impact on Gazans, signaling their leaders’ vulnerability.

With Hamas leaders on the run, their decision-making may become erratic, requiring strategic military pressure and surprise tactics.

Simultaneously, efforts should be made to prevent Hamas from controlling humanitarian aid distribution and to target civilian infrastructure, weakening their grip on power and reinforcing a sense of defeat among Gazans.

By systematically undermining Hamas’ influence and increasing the perception of their defeat, the IDF aims to erode support for the militant group among Gaza’s populace.

Yoni Ben Menachem Senior Middle East Analyst

About Yoni Ben Menachem

Yoni Ben Menachem is a Middle East senior analyst ,a journalist and
the former CEO of the Israel Broadcasting Authority(IBA). He has
decades of experience in written and video journalism. Ben
Menachem’s path in the media world began as a producer for
Japanese television in the Middle East. After that, he held many key
positions in the media The Israeli: CEO of the Israel Broadcasting
Authority, director of “Kol Israel” Radio, reporter on West Bank and
Gaza Strip affairs, political reporter and commentator, commentator
on Middle East affairs and editor-in-chief and presenter of the
program “Middle East Magazine”. 

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