This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

ISRAEL – While political experts worldwide pontificate on the war in Gaza, most have overlooked Hamas’ explicitly stated reason for its Oct. 7 attacks on Israel, revealed on Day 100 of the war.

Incredibly, according to the terror group’s military spokesman, it has to do with attempting to prevent the “ceremony of the Red Heifer” – a mysterious event of great meaning to both Jews and Christians.

Abu Obeida, the military spokesman for the Izz ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Hamas terrorist organization, made a televised appearance on the 100th day of the current war. It should be noted that although “Abu Obeida” first emerged in 2002, his actual identity remains unknown. Neither his face nor name has ever been revealed in any media. The televised speech was the first time he had appeared in seven weeks as, during that time, all of his public pronouncements were either audio recordings or written statements. A lapse of several weeks even led to speculations that he had been killed.

Obeida’s speech was reported in the Palestine Chronicle on Sunday. While his speech was described as covering “the usual topics, the number of tanks destroyed by the Resistance [i.e. the Hamas terrorist organization], the number of military operations,” in the third paragraph Obeida listed the motives for the Hamas attack on Israel:

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