Friday, November 16, 2012

Israel changes the rules of the game

From Israel Hayom, 15 Nov 2012, by Yoav Limor:
A stunned Hamas was reminded once again of the balance of power • Although deterrence was restored, the goal now is to avoid a quagmire • Pillar of Defense will go down as a success if military gains are sustained and south enjoys upgraded calm.
The IDF continued its aerial attacks on the Gaza Strip Wednesday night in an effort to stop rocket fire on Israeli communities and target Hamas operatives.
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A Palestinian child in the Gaza Strip, during the first day of Operation Pillar of Defense. Israel has urged civilians to stay away from rocket-launching sites .
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The anti-rocket Iron Dome system engaging an incoming projectile from the Gaza Strip, Thursday.
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The IDF continued its aerial attacks on the Gaza Strip Wednesday night in an effort to stop rocket fire on Israeli communities and target Hamas operatives.
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Photo credit: Reuters

Israel's actions on Wednesday went a long way toward restoring the deterrence lost during the most recent escalation. The assassination of Ahmed Jabari, the head of Hamas' military wing, and the equally important targeting of Hamas’ long-range rocket caches, stunned the Islamic organization. It was reminded once again of the adversary it is up against and what the real balance of power is.
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