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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Gaza situation is getting worse

As Amos Harel notes, IDF's tactical upper hand over Hamas in Gaza is diminishing. Each IDF strike in Gaza is more costly in terms of Israeli casualties:
The casualties Israel has suffered during offensive operations in the Gaza Strip- three dead in the past three months - hint at a troubling trend: The Israel Defense Forces' tactical advantage over Hamas in Gaza is shrinking.
Until recently, it was obvious who was winning this confrontation. The IDF has an enormous advantage in terms of firepower, observation, control of the air, armored vehicles and troop training. Dozens of IDF operations in the strip following the abduction of Gilad Shalit in the summer of 2006 resulted in hundreds of Palestinian dead. During that period, the IDF suffered one dead soldier, killed by friendly fire.

But in recent months, the efforts by Iran and Hezbollah to improve Hamas's military capabilities are beginning to be felt. It is not only better weaponry, but also careful study of the lessons of the Second Lebanon War. Dozens of militants trained in Iran and Lebanon have managed to enter the strip and have subsequently created a system of control and coordination. There is a chain of command for every area, which operates a coordinated network of observation posts, infantry and antitank forces.

Due to the fact that the entry points of IDF forces are relatively limited and predictable, the chance for clashes is relatively high. Israel still has an advantage, but it is harder to emerge from these clashes unscathed.

The IDF also suffers from another limitation: The size of the force allotted to offensive operations in the strip is relatively small, while the tasks are enormous. The soldiers are being drained.
Moreover, it seems that Hamas is building bunkers along the Gaza-Israel border in anticipation of an invasion. Even worse, Hamas is apparently planning a coup in the West Bank.
There are several factors deterring Israel from a massive operation in Gaza. The first is that such an operation would unite all the Palestinians behind Hamas and undermine the government of Mahmoud Abbas. This reason loses its force if Hamas is planning a coup in the West Bank. The second is, as Harel observes, the fact that Israeli casualties in these limited raids signal that a full scale operation would not be a "cake walk." A third consideration is the safety of Gilad Shalit. It is absurd that a single hostage can prevent effective action, but that may be the case.
At the same time, Israel seems to be running out of alternatives, since the UN and Israeli legal authorities will probably prevent the planned cuts in fuel cuts and supplies.
Ami Isseroff

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