Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Gaza Update - Israel Hits Dozens Of Hamas Targets
The IDF pounded dozens of Hamas targets as Operation Protective Edge continues...including the homes of a number of senior Hamas officials after Israel gave them advance warning.
The strikes hit 18 underground rocket launchers, three Hamas command and control facilities, and then targets described by the source as "infrastructure" which included, according to my information, several missile 'factories and a couple of smuggling tunnels along the Israeli border.
Senior Hamas officials who had their homes targeted included Iyad Sahikh, the senior Hamas commander in Gaza city in charge of rocket fire on Israel; Samer Abu Daka, senior Hamas official in Khan Younis; and Hassan Abdallah , the Hamas commander in Khan Younis in charge of the the current round of rocket fire on Israel.
What this looks like is a gradually developing strategy on the IDF's part, a staged offensive to destroy Hamas’ ability to attack Israel as well as its military infrastructure. The Israeli goal still seems to be 'quiet for quiet' and it appears that they're hoping that the escalating damage to Hamas assets will be sufficient to deter Hamas and convince them to stop launching rockets at Israel.
I'm not certain myself that this is a realistic strategy - this would be an excellent time to take Hamas out permanently and pacify Gaza in my humble opinion- but on the other hand,the last thing Israel wants is another 1.4 million Arabs to deal with. But if this serves to just destroy most of Hmas' missile arsenal and military structure....
Stay tuned.This one is likely to go on for a while.