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ISRAEL'S OPTIONS FOR GAZA CONFLICT

To invade or not to invade Gaza?

Gaza's missiles fired at Israel (photo credit: IDF)

 Has the time come to invade Gaza? That is now the question as Israel's Operation Protective Edge enters its fifth day. The Israel Air Force has been clobbering Hamas terrorists in Gaza who have been launching hundreds of rockets into Israel with the express aim of killing and maiming as many Israeli children, women and men as possible. Israeli aircraft and naval vessels have been knocking out Hamas targets concentrating on their launch pads, arsenals and personnel. Hamas has countered by extending its range of rocket attacks far beyond the adjacent Israeli communities in the Western Negev to the metropolis of Tel Aviv and then north to the outskirts of Haifa. Flying around the clock, Israeli jets and choppers have been systematically striking more than 1,100 targets as the campaign continues without let-up. 

Egypt and most Arab countries have remained silent - this speaks volumes about how they feel about radical Islam, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the new ISIS threat in Iraq and Syria.

 Meanwhile, despite the demonstrations in some Arab capitals, Egypt and most Arab countries have remained silent - this speaks volumes about how they feel about radical Islam, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the new ISIS threat in Iraq and Syria. This is not the case with most of the international media, particularly TV, which tends to ignore the underlying 'cause and effect' aspect of the conflagration, while focusing on the mounting Palestinian casualties. One British TV reporter in Gaza commented that 'it was not really a fair fight between Israel and Gaza', as if this were a soccer match being played at the World Cup in Brazil. 

 

 Can Israeli pilots complete the mission? What happens next? The Palestinians are still launching their rockets into Israel while Iron Dome continues to shoot most of them out of the sky and Israeli pilots continue their air strikes. Meanwhile Israeli troops and tanks are poised along the border ready to invade Gaza. However, the Ynet website has quoted Israel Air Force commander, Gen. Amir Eshel as saying his pilots can complete the mission of suppressing the Palestinian rocketing and degrading their capacity to renew it for a fourth time in the foreseeable future. Therefore, there is no need for a ground operation that would be costly in casualties for IDF soldiers and Palestinian civilians. (Anyone who has ever been on a battlefield knows that ground attacks can often go awry causing unintended civilian casualties and friendly fire incidents). The report adds that Israel's top pilot has made his case to Prime Minister Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yaalon, and Chief of Staff Gantz, and they were impressed by what they heard. 

 

 Origins of the current crisis 

 
...rather than exploit that pullout as a springboard to advance a peace accord with Israel, radical Hamas...expelled Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a bloody coup, and then launched a rocket campaign to terrorize Israeli civilians across the border.

 This is the third time that Israel has been forced to carry out a major operation to halt the indiscriminate Hamas rocketing of Israeli civilians. First let's go back to when the late Prime Minister Ariel Sharon conducted a total Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005. But rather than exploit that pullout as a springboard to advance a peace accord with Israel, radical Hamas, which openly vows to annihilate the Jewish state, first expelled Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a bloody coup, and then launched a rocket campaign to terrorize Israeli civilians across the border. This eventually triggered Israel's Cast Lead operation back into Gaza in 2007, carried out by Israeli aircraft and ground forces. After being hit hard, Hamas and the other terror organizations agreed to a 'tahadiya' ceasefire (the Hamas strategy is that after being clobbered, you call for a time-out until you can regroup and attack again in the future). 

 
Iron Dome battery (photo: IDF)

 The period of relative quiet lasted for some forty months before Hamas again went on the warpath in 2012, when they ramped up their sporadic rocketing into salvoes at Israeli towns and villages sending panic-stricken children, women and men dashing for bomb shelters. After repeated Israeli warnings again fell on deaf ears, and left with no choice, Israeli aircraft took to the skies to quell the rocketing. Again, after being pummeled by Israel's air power alone and after a new player, the Iron Dome missile defense system provided protection from the missile attacks; Hamas again cried ‘ouch’! It led to another ceasefire in November 2012, some twenty months ago. 

 

 This is the pattern that is again unfolding today. When it feels like it, Hamas gradually escalates the rocketing until Israel is forced to react militarily. Then the Palestinians and their supporters, such as Iran and Turkey, run to the U.N., the international media, and the U.S. pleading to stop Israel's ‘genocide and war crimes’. 

 

 Palestinian casualties 

 
In some cases the residents are even telephoned. To the best of my knowledge, this routine practice has never ever been used by any other army in military history.

 On this score, consider this: in the first five days of Israel's counter-attack, the Palestinians say 112 people have been killed and over 900 more wounded. On the other hand, the IDF says it has carried out over 1,100 individual strikes on Hamas targets. This indicates that approximately one Palestinian has been killed for every Israeli air strike. Compare that with the U.S. air attacks in Afghanistan and Iraq where proportionately far, far more civilians have been killed in similar air attacks. This is due largely to Israel's 'knock on the roof' policy of launching a dud missile on to the roof of a building used by Hamas and warning the residents to evacuate immediately. In some cases the residents are even telephoned. To the best of my knowledge, this routine practice has never ever been used by any other army in military history. (Obviously it also enables some Hamas terrorists to flee. In the present warfare, Israel has warned Palestinian civilians in some border areas to move out, perhaps indicating this is where IDF ground forces might invade, again tipping off the enemy). 

 

 In one case when civilians were killed and wounded, a Palestinian woman complained to a TV reporter: 'This time the Israelis did not warn us to leave the building!' The IDF is investigating. Moreover, Gaza is an extremely small area that houses one of the most densely populated regions in the world - it is only about 25 miles long and five miles wide. Hamas exploits this situation to launch rockets from inside populated areas, while storing them under high-rise buildings, schools, and even under the al-Shiffa hospital, which is also thought to be a command and control headquarters for Hamas leaders. 

 

 Palestinian pattern of rocketing Israeli civilians 

 
This is the third major flare-up in the low intensity warfare that has followed the late Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's surprise decision to evacuate Gaza in 2005. Since then, it's been all down hill.

 At first, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon appeared reticent to give the order, preferring a policy of restraint (and also showing the world that they were not gung ho for an escalation). But Hamas, which rules Gaza, threw caution to the wind and joined the other terror groups in firing salvos of rockets into Israel. The Israeli public, and leading coalition partners, such as Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Minister Naftali Bennett, exerted massive pressure on the PM to hit back hard. In a further warning, the Israeli cabinet called up 20,000 reservists to replace regular combat forces dispatched from the West Bank and the Golan Heights to the Gaza border, where they are now deployed waiting for the order to invade Gaza once more. This is the third major flare-up in the low intensity warfare that has followed the late Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's surprise decision to evacuate Gaza in 2005. Since then, it's been all down hill. 

 
Hamas Terrorists in Gaza Strip

 Rather than use the Israeli pullout as a springboard for negotiations on a full- fledged peace accord, extremist Hamas expelled President Mahmoud Abbas from the Gaza Strip in a bloody coup a year or so later. Hamas and other radical organizations then began a relentless rocketing of Israeli civilians over the border from Gaza, a terror campaign that eventually triggered an IDF invasion of Gaza to silence the attacks in an operation known as Cast Lead in 2007. After being hit hard, Hamas and the other terror groups agreed to a cease-fire that lasted more or less for 40 months, until Hamas regrouped and again went. In both cases, by virtue of its peace agreement with Israel, Egypt played the positive role as a middleman. This has been the pattern - whenever Hamas and the other terror organizations get the urge they escalate their rocketing until Jerusalem has no alternative but to exercise its right of self-defense. (This time it was to protest Israel's search for the three Israeli teens, shot dead by Hamas suspects and its subsequent campaign to smash the Hamas infrastructure on the West Bank). But when Israel takes off the gloves to protect its civilians by striking the rocket squads and arsenals, the Palestinians rush to the UN Security Council calling for international intervention to stop Israel's 'genocide and war crimes'! 

 
Could they be waiting for one of their rockets to get through the Iron Dome umbrella and blow up in a populated area killing many Israeli civilians so they could then claim victory?

 Question: Which Security Council Member state would accept Islamic fanatics firing rockets into their territory and giving their children fifteen seconds to race to bomb shelters? This is why U.S. President Barack Obama has condemned the Hamas rocketing of Israel while offering to facilitate 'a return to the 2012 ceasefire agreement'. So far Hamas is demanding Israeli concessions before agreeing to discuss a ceasefire. Could they be waiting for one of their rockets to get through the Iron Dome umbrella and blow up in a populated area killing many Israeli civilians so they could then claim victory? 

 

 

 

 David Essing

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