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Five reasons Israel will invade Gaza and five reasons it won't
Haaretz ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Anshell Pfeffer

Posted on 07/14/2014 6:19:05 AM PDT by Star Traveler

At times it seems almost inevitable that the order will come, the dead-end situation leaving no other alternative. Then it seems increasingly unlikely as all the many factors, drawbacks and risks are added up.

The Israel Defense Force could enter the Gaza Strip at literally any moment. A number of brigade combat teams are deployed around Gaza's borders; infantry battalions, tanks, engineers, armored personnel carriers, and all the logistic echelons to keep them supplied.

The operational plans have been ready since last week, authorized by IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz. Every day that passes, there will be more hardware, officers better acquainted with every detail on their maps and more intelligence at their disposal. But while there is near-total operational readiness at the staging-grounds, there's also a languid atmosphere of weary skepticism. In the coffee shops and kebab joints which suddenly fill up whenever there's a security crisis around Gaza, they grabbed quick breaks over the weekend, but didn't actually seem in a rush anywhere.

None of them, not even the top brass who brushed shoulders with reserve sergeants, have any idea when the order will come - or if it will ever come. The last operation in November 2012 ended without a ground offensive. Reserve forces were called up, the tanks and APCs deployed around Gaza and then a cease-fire was achieved and everyone went back home. This time, the cease-fire seems still far off, and the possibility of an incursion is once again on the agenda. But there is still no clear indication from the two men who will have to make the call, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon whether or not they will give the order.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hamas; israel; stih; stisraelhamas
Israel may not invade, depending on whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thinks he's sufficiently accomplished "his objective" (not your objective or my objective - but "his" objective).
1 posted on 07/14/2014 6:19:05 AM PDT by Star Traveler
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To: Star Traveler
Ehud Olmert in his three years as prime minister launched two large ground offensives into Lebanon and Gaza and a strike Syria's nuclear reactor...[and Bibi has not, etc]

Yes, an appeasing liberal in power is much more dangerous to peace than having a conservative. Liberals start wars, conservatives have to finish them (and avoid them in the first place by building strength).

2 posted on 07/14/2014 6:43:25 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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Israel ran into a couple rude surprises in Southern Lebanon. My guess is Netanyahu is gathering as much intel as possible to assure history does not repeat.

3 posted on 07/14/2014 6:55:04 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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