Israel The Gaza Strip and everything in between
Its finally happened. The Israeli army has struck back after Israeli border towns and beyond have been receiving a relentless pounding. So far the military action has gone well for Israel as a lighting surprise attack on Saturday caught the Hamas completely unprepared. The gruesome pictures of mangled Hamas policeman have become an iconic picture of the devastation unleashed by Israel. For Israel this has been the easy part of this new mini-war in the Middle East. There have been no Israeli military casualties so far as the fighter Jets have not met with any resistance. Now the agonizing decision to introduce ground troops falls on the shoulders of Israel’s defense minister Ehud Barack . It is likely to happen in the next few days as Israeli armor could be seen heading towards troop buildups near the Gaza strip.
Even if the Israeli military action is deemed a huge success it seems no one on the Israeli side knows what to do next. As Israel pulled out of the strip a few years ago its political brass do not want to retake responsibility on the Arab inhabitants of the strip. On the other hand leaving the strip will most likely cause the same scenario that made the Israeli army enter the strip to begin with.. This is a bleak scenario but one that is agreed upon by most experts. The most than can be hoped for is that the Hamas will not shoot rockets once the Israeli army leaves Gaza. If this happens then Israel’s “ deterrent “ strategy will have worked. This however seems very unlikely as Hamas Ideological Roots seem very strong. Those roots seek the destruction of Israel, nothing looks to change this,
This my friends is the unending cycle of violence that does not have any real end in sight. If the Israelis do decide to stay in the strip for a few years to hunt down Hamas Leaders there may be a longer respite for Rocket attacks on Israel.
No one in Israel is really happy about the current situation. No one really understands where it is all heading
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