Hamas rolls out new «tank» which appears to be made by Fred Flintstone


Hamas rolls out new "tank" which appears to be made by Fred Flintstone

This is among the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen:

During a memorial service Saturday for seven Hamas militants killed when the tunnel they were incollapsed on them, Hamas rolled out what it called a “locally-produced” tank it said was fashioned out of an Israel Defense Forces’ tank captured two years ago.

However, a number of observers, both Palestinian and Israeli, noticed that there was something odd about the armored fighting machine which a Hamas spokesman warned would be used on the “path of jihad.”

Palestinian members of the Izzedin Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, gather around a mock Israeli tank on January 31, 2016 in Gaza City during a gathering to pay tribute to the brigade's militants who died after a tunnel collapsed in the Gaza Strip. Seven Hamas militants were killed on January 28, 2016 after a tunnel built for fighting Israel collapsed in the Gaza Strip, highlighting concerns that yet another conflict could eventually erupt in the Palestinian enclave. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestinian members of the Izzedin Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, gather around a mock Israeli tank Jan. 31 in Gaza City during a gathering to pay tribute to the brigade’s militants who died after a tunnel collapsed in the Gaza Strip. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman Ofir Gendelman pointed out that the contraption appeared to be a mockup constructed of wood placed atop another vehicle whose wheels could be spotted poking out of the bottom.

Dude, seriously? Look at this thing:

Why does a tracked vehicle have wheels?

The world may never know.

And lest you think the tank is some sort of defense mechanism, I give you these quotes:

During his speech inaugurating the tank, Hamas’ Izzedin Al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Obeida warned the Islamic movement was “preparing ourselves for the day that we shall meet those [Israeli] tanks.”

“Let us point our index finger toward heaven and renew our pledge of allegiance to Allah and to the commanders of the Izzedin Al-Qassam Brigades and vow to continue on the path of jihad and resistance,” he said at the ceremony according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute, which posted televised excerpts aired by Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV.

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