Israeli Navy thwarts Hamas attack on military vessel

Israeli soldiers take their positions on board the Israeli Navy Ship Lahav during a rare tour of Israel's offshore Leviathan gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. After a coronavirus-related delay, Israel's navy is preparing for the long-awaited arrival of its next generation of missile boats - giving it a powerful new tool to defend its strategic natural gas industry from the threat of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

File – Israeli soldiers take their positions on board the Israeli Navy Ship. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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Israel’s Navy said it thwarted an attack by a militant wing of Hamas who attempted to use a remote-controlled submarine to disable an Israeli vessel.

Al-Qassam Brigades, a Palestinian terror splinter cell, made claims on social media Monday that they had unleashed a “batch” of rockets at an Israeli battleship off the coast of Gaza. However, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) diminished those claims. Officials said Hamas militants were killed and their submarine was destroyed in the attack.

The IDF also noted, Hamas modifies hobbyist RC submarines to carry explosive payloads up to 60 pounds. Damage from an explosion of that size is minimal against an Israel battleship, but it gives Hamas a much needed “victory photo.”

Meanwhile, progressive U.S. lawmakers are taking aim at Israel over the ongoing conflict with Hamas militants in Gaza.

In a tweet Sunday, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (D) said the U.S. must take a hard look at the $4 billion in military aide it provides every year to Israel. He also suggested the Jewish State may be committing human rights violations in it’s handling of the situation.

This comes as the group of liberal lawmakers known as “the Squad” has been pro-Palestine as well as establishment Democrats claiming to back Israel. New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) recently went as far as calling the country an “apartheid state.”

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