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Is Israel about to start a new war on Gaza?

Dr Saleh Al-Naami

Palestinians are smartly aware that the Israeli media has just lately been highlighting the “rising” Armed Forces power of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Military sources in Tel Aviv are referred to to reinforce this view, which also requires Israel to embark
on a new Militia offensive towards the Palestinians in the besieged territory. This conclusion, which has been addressed seriously by using the Palestinian media, leads many in Gaza to imagine that they are on the verge of a new Struggle.

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However, the prognosis that led to the sort of conclusion used to be in response to incoherent bases. Israel’s center of attention on the missile testing performed by using the Hamas Military wing, the Qassam Brigades, and talk of the opponents having the ability to rebuild their tunnels does
not necessarily mean that Benjamin Netanyahu’s govt is planning every other Warfare. Except For the rest, Israel has also stressed out that the blockade imposed by way of Egypt’s Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Gaza has contributed greatly to limiting and
decreasing Hamas’s Militia capabilities.

At this second in time, Israel is unable to reach its strategic goal of liquidating and putting off the resistance groups inside Gaza with out reoccupying the enclave, or at least taking keep an eye on of Gaza City. A strategic record produced with the aid of the Israeli
Chief of General Group Of Workers, Gadi Eizenkot, and revealed through The Army in an exceptional move 5 months ago, states naturally and albeit that any future War with Gaza should purpose to realize keep an eye on of Hamas’s major authority and military command centres.

The newsletter of this report means that the Israeli Militia leadership is obliging the politicians to stick to certain stipulations for a Battle within the Gaza Strip. These embody permitting The Army to succeed in its strategic objectives, together with the reoccupation
of Gaza.

Publishing Eizenkot’s record used to be a response to the criticisms directed by way of Israeli politicians and media about the army’s performance in the 2014 War, especially its failure to get to the bottom of issues in less than Fifty One days. The paper used to be viewed as
a “political” record issued within the context of a disagreement between the political and military elites in Israel.

It Is clear that Eizenkot used to be telling the politicians that the reoccupation of the Gaza Strip is an important for the achievement of strategic goals in any future Battle. The go-beforehand for a Conflict that does not include this mandate offers a prepared-made excuse for
The Military whether it is unable to fulfil its accountability to succeed in such targets.

The Choice-making circles in Tel Aviv are aware of the excessive Defense Force, political and financial value of reoccupying Gaza and staying there. It Is no twist of fate that, apart from former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, there may be little enthusiasm
in Israel for the reoccupation of the coastal territory, even among these on the political a ways-right.

Relating To Israel’s Military focusing on proof of Hamas’s rising potential and the reconstruction of tunnels under the border, that is specifically a method to analyze lessons from the earlier Conflict. The Military and Shin Bet internal security
agency have been accused at the moment of being unable to find the tunnels and of not providing the important information for the politicians to decide the objectives to be done by way of the tip of the offensive.

What reduces the chances of waging an all-out Struggle is the fact that The Choice-makers and strategists in Israel are mindful that Hamas does no longer want an immense Defense Force disagreement. In Addition They recognize that the movement’s top priority is to sort out the
effects of the unlawful siege imposed on Gaza by means of Israel with the backing of the West and its allies within the area, notably Egypt. The Deputy Head of the Hamas Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, made this precedence clear on 23 January, whereas talking to
the press in Gaza, when he additionally stressed out that the motion is not all for any war of words with Israel.

At The similar time, the belief that Israel may inn to a Conflict on Gaza to duvet up its failure to forestall resistance attacks and operations in the occupied West Financial Institution shouldn’t be logical. The Straightforward the reason for this is that is that such acts are being dedicated through individuals
and should not coordinated with any businesses or factions. As such, no Armed Forces motion in Gaza will scale back the frequency of such assaults and operations; it may in reality outcome of their escalation.

Furthermore, in the adventure that the current discussions between Turkey and Israel end in an agreement whereby the siege of Gaza Strip might be lifted, then the possibilities of a brand new Struggle against the territory will probably be reduced; Hamas would be more concerned about
benefitting from the vitality in the back of the settlement to relieve the suffering of the Palestinians. This Could also benefit Hamas in looking to handle the peace. Israel believes that normalisation of its members of the family with Turkey is a strategic merit, and
so it’s going to now not be keen to improve issues in opposition to Gaza in a manner that would threaten its chances of accomplishing an agreement with Ankara.

Nevertheless, we can’t rule out a brand new War utterly. If the siege and consequent economic trouble results in the collapse of the government and public services within the Gaza Strip, then chaos would be successful. On The very least, This Might most certainly see an
escalation of assaults in opposition to Israel, and Netanyahu would really feel obligated to “respond” with brute drive.

Translated from Al Resalah, 25 January, 2016.

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