Israel has elected to shoot into the belly of the beast.
By Ted Belman
David Horovitz in JPOST wrote Fighting Hamas in the shadow of 2006′s mistakes. In it he identifies three groups of targets that I have extracted.
[..] In contrast to 2006, Israel’s leaders are not talking about destroying the enemy as an aim of this confrontation. But the ostensible aims of the “Cast Lead” operation amount to requiring Hamas not to behave like Hamas – not to fire into Israel or target Israeli civilians or soldiers; not to prepare for such attacks; not to store or smuggle in the material for such attacks. And that is not going to be achieved quickly.
Of course, Israel may choose to settle for less. But for now, it is adamant that long-term calm is the goal, no matter how prolonged or bitter the conflict that ultimately yields it.
For months, Israel has been refining its intelligence information on the key physical locations that are crucial to the rule of Hamas in the terror state that the Gaza Strip has become since the Islamist group seized power there in June 2007.
And rather than seeking to target the nimblest offshoots of that terrorist rule – the Kassam crews that set themselves up in residential Gaza neighborhoods, fire into Israeli residential areas and then quickly melt away – Israel has elected to shoot into the belly of the beast.
The first wave of Saturday’s air strikes targeted Hamas training bases, military facilities, weapons stores and other locations used by the Hamas security apparatus; Hamas has some 15,000 armed men in the Strip, defense officials estimate.
In the second wave, targets included underground rocket-launch sites – where Hamas had readied rockets for remote-control fire. Other such sites, as well as weapons stores and factories, located near schools or on the lower floors of apartment blocks, were not touched. At this stage.
Horovitz goes on to worry about the international fallout. He is not alone in that.
I fail to see why we should worry about it. Israel should render it ineffective by ignoring it. Giving in to it only encourages it.