Tunnel Attack Planner Gets Life

Tunnel Attack Planner Gets Life. Khaled Abu Amsha planned the tunnel attack that killed Sergeant Major Amir Tzimerman.

Gil Ronen , | updated: 13:14

Sgt. Maj. Amir Tzimerman
Sgt. Maj. Amir Tzimerman
IDF Spokesman's Unit

The Be’er Sheva District Court has sentenced terrorist Khaled Abu Amsha, a resident of Beit Hanoun in Gaza, to life in prison for planning a deadly attack on IDF soldiers.

On February 26, 2004, two terrorists under Abu Amsha ‘s command crossed over into the western Negev in a tunnel that had been dug from Gaza into the Erez Industrial Zone. They exited the tunnel and began firing at IDF soldiers and throwing hand grenades.  
Sergeant Major Amir Tzimerman, a reservist from Kfar Monash, was killed. The terrorists also were killed.
Abu Amsha then began planning an attack using hang gliders for terror attacks, but the plan did not materialize. He also spent time on construction of a terror rocket. 
In 2006 he conspired with another terrorist to dig a tunnel to the Erez Crossing in order to carry out an attack against Israelis. He asked a terror organization for $10,000 for funding the operation. This terror project was called off after the abduction of Gilad Shalit.
“The defendant was a full and central partner, not a marginal one, in the killing of an IDF soldier, and the prosecutor is right when she says that the great pain caused by this does not just affect the soldier’s family but also all of Israel’s citizens,” the judges wrote in their verdict. “For these grave acts, the only possible sentence that can be handed down against the defendant is that requested – life in prison.”
The Erez Crossing has been the site of numerous terrorist attacks since the "Oslo" Terror War began in 2000. There were several deadly attacks at the Crossing in 2004 alone. The crossings into Gaza enable the delivery of goods into the area, and terrorists want to see them closed.