Gaza is a small, very populated place. Anyone who has been there knows that you can’t throw a lot of air ordnance into Gaza without killing a great many civilians. Any idea that you can do "surgical strikes" in Gaza is either egregious or intentionally deceptive. The effect here is something like the bombing of London, Rotterdam or Guernica.
Golda Meir used to say that there are no Palestinians ony "South Syrians." This punitive air offensive in Hannukah is either ineptly timed or eerily ironic when considered in the context of the story of the Maccabees. Maybe it just reflects contempt for the Palestinians? How dare they elect these "illegitimate" "Khamas teghoghist"s (quoting the lovely Livni). Why is it that a native speaker of Hebrew can’t pronounce Hamas correctly? I am told that there is an aspirated "H" in Hebrew.
So far it sounds to be a Douhet style aerial attempt to bghaek the will of the Aghabs a la all over Lebanon in ’06. The Palestinians (like the Lebanese then) have no anti-air defense to speak of so the bombing part should be pretty easy. The "will breaking" part always eems to be a little difficult. Has the IDF-AF lost any aircraft yet? This is always a good indicator of what is really happening.
So, they are going to beat up Gaza; 21 days to Obamaland (this should tie his hands!), Natanyahu leading in the polls, a good chance to put some space between the Americans and those pesky Muslims, an opportunity to prove that the IDF hasn’t lost its wog bashing mojo.
Will there be a ground effensive into Gaza? I dunno. Have the Hamasniks been digging in Hezbullah style? You tell me. pl