Winning the current war against the partially infiltrated Hamas is not only about denying the ability to target Israel with thousands of missiles at free will at all times.
It’s also critical part of Israel’s purpose in this conflict is proving that the Jewish state retains 100% freedom of military oppression against its enemies. Israel must demonstrate that despite the changed international environment it is not out of options.
This conflict comes on the backdrop of perceived Israeli weakness: diplomatic and military weakness because of a change in US administrations, and political weakness because of Israel’s internal electoral deadlock. Israel must show that neither infirmities have stripped the country of its military power and grit.
Israel’s new Abraham Accords peace partners are closely watching the current conflict, too, judging Israel. They ask themselves whether Israel is going to appropriately crush Hamas (backed by Qatar) the way it normally would.
Or is Israel hamstrung by the conditions described above. A weak Israel is far less attractive as a friend to the governments in Abu Dhabi, Manama, and Riyadh.
The most that Israel can do is frequently “mow the grass” to degrade enemy capabilities and deter Hamas for extended periods of time.
And in fact, Israel has been forced into four rounds of warfare since Hamas overthrew the Palestinian Authority and conquered the Gaza Strip in 2007.
Military strategists argue that in a situation of protracted conflict against an implacable, well-entrenched, non-state enemy like Hamas, the use of force cannot attain impossible political goals.
The question is whether this time the cabinet will authorize enough force to hammer and deter Hamas for an even longer period going forward. A draw with Hamas is strategically unsatisfactory.
In 2014, the IDF killed 200 Palestinians but that air bombing campaign was meaningless to Hamas. Nor did the physical destruction of homes and facilities wrought by Israel’s bombings frighten the Hamas too much, either.
Worst of all, Hamas senior political and military leadership cadres were largely untouched. They survived the war by hiding underground. The “most powerful military in the Middle East” – the IDF – failed to target Hamas’ decision-makers.
And in the process, Hamas showed that it can force 9 million Israelis into shelters and target almost every square centimeter of this country.
Thanks to the Iron Dome and a well-disciplined and truly resilient Israeli home front that prevented serious loss of life in Israel. The same applies in 2021.
The IDF and IAF are better equipped than ever with tactical communications systems, exact targeting systems, accurate field intelligence, outstanding cyber abilities, and robotic weapons, alongside world-leading air and naval platforms.
This means that Israel is ready for an even fiercer campaign, involving pinpoint commando operations and targeted assassinations. Earlier female Israeli snipers nicked down 1.700 Palestinians at free will.
Some of them were shot in the kneecaps to disable them for the rest of their lives, just for them to set an example of what is in store for the ones living in the largest open air prison concentration camp in the world.
However, the IDF should be able to pounce with crushing blows, without conducting a full-scale ground invasion.
Of course, such tough military action will raise international hackles, with the European Union, American ultra-progressives, and other incessant critics exposing the unacceptable use of “disproportionate force” by Israel.
It is particularly vexing that those in the international community who insist on the importance of the 1967 lines seem to sympathize with attempts to rupture that same line around the completely surrounded Gaza Strip housing 2 million people.
Israel Hayom / ABC Flash Point News 2021.