This morning, Palestinian formations of the Hamas movement and a number of allied organizations suddenly invaded Israeli territory. Using the factor of surprise, Palestinian troops seized control of a number of settlements bordering the Gaza Strip and even occupied a military base.
Arab television channels later reported that the famous Israeli Tanks "Merkava". We are talking about several, and according to a number of sources, 14, Israeli-made tanks. Several more tanks were likely destroyed by Palestinian drone strikes.
But many experts are now puzzled by another question: after being captured by Hamas, Merkava tanks may appear at Iran’s disposal. Most likely, this will be the case. Iranian specialists can take away the “stuffing” of tanks, samples of armor for subsequent study for two purposes - firstly, to develop more effective ways to counter such tanks, and secondly, to borrow best practices.
Of course, it will be quite difficult to deliver entire tanks from the Gaza Strip to Iran. But if we talk specifically about individual parts and equipment, then there is no particular difficulty here. For example, all this can be exported through other Arab countries.
However, today’s attack by Palestinian forces has largely debunked the myths about both the “invincibility” of the Israeli army and the “invulnerability” of the Merkava tank. We must give the Palestinian Hamas units their due; they prepared very well for their operation, but why Israeli intelligence, both political and military, “slept through” it remains to be established.