Holger Awakens provides a great analysis of Israel’s new strategy on the war against the Jihadis in Gaza.
I have been calling for this for three weeks! It is a sound plan that includes:
The IDF has now set itself the following targets:
Every Palestinian military and security installation belonging to Hamas, as well as its Al Dawa social welfare branches used as meeting places and the money changers’ places of business.
A series of ground operations on the same lines as the Sejayia raid will be launched to drive Hamas and its allied terrorist groups out of northern Gaza – the sites of most missile launches against Ashkelon and Sderot. Once this part of the territory is purged, Israeli military control can be exercised without reoccupation.
This is an excellent plan as it disrupts any coordination of attacks and normal Hamas rule. And most importantly, this will create a void in northern Gaza, taking all of the distance advantage of missile attacks away from Hamas. What isn’t pointed out above is the human targets, the Hamas leaders…and you KNOW that is a big part of the mix. In fact, intelligence shows that every Hamas leader has ‘gone to ground’ after leaks of this new Israeli strategy emerged. This has been Hamas’ reaction to counter the Israeli measures:
1. Their heads of government, armed wings and clerical authorities have gone to ground.
2. Their rank and file have taken over an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 civilian homes around Gaza City active and set up a wall for the town’s defense. Each home is provisioned with sufficient ammo, water and food for three weeks’ combat.
3. All Hamas operatives have dumped their cell phones and all means of communication which could betray their whereabouts. Orders and messages are carried by courier, usually children.
4. Thousands of missiles and rockets of different types are stocked in private homes and schools inside Gaza City and its refugee camps to escape Israeli attacks. This stratagem allows Hamas to calibrate its missile barrages on Israeli civilians according to the intensity of Israeli strikes against them.
Now, look at two responses by Hamas: a) they take over civilian homes putting those innocents in danger in the hopes that the Israelis will not attack residences and b) they use children to courier their communications (instead of cell phones)
What brave warriors Hamas is huh?! Using little boys and girls to do their business. The mighty military of Hamas is now revolving on the tiny feet of 8 year old boys and girls.
Hamas has always been the epitome of cowardice. Their flag shouldn’t be green, it should be Cowardly Yellow. Hopefully, this strategy of the Israelis will do more than just halt the missile attacks – hopefully the under ground hiding places of the Hamas vermin will exposed and we can see the bodies of Hamas leaders and fighters stockpiled like old cordwood.
I’ve said for months now that it is time to end the existence of Hamas, once and for all.
Israel aims to stamp out missile attacks by destroying Hamas rule of Gaza
DEBKAfile’s military sources report the Israeli military command is now targeting Hamas rule of the Gaza Strip as ultimately the only effective way of halting the Palestinian missile offensive against civilian locations. It therefore proposes to systematically destroy Hamas institutions one by one until its rule of Gaza caves in.
This tactic was presented to prime minister Ehud Olmert Friday on his return from Japan. If Hamas alternatively decides it can no longer afford the exorbitant price exacted by the Israeli military for sustaining its missile offensive and abandons it, the IDF will halt its military operations. This would lead to an informal truce.
(Via Holger Awakens.)