Israeli Ground Forces Move Into Gaza
As no doubt everyone knows by now, the IDF has moved tanks and troops into Gaza to attack Hamas directly.
Israeli tanks and troops launched a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip Saturday night with officials saying they expected a lengthy fight with Hamas militants in the densely populated territory after eight days of punishing airstrikes failed to halt rocket attacks on Israel.
Hamas vowed that Gaza would be a “graveyard” for Israelis forces.
“This will not be easy and it will not be short,” Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said soon after the ground invasion began.
The incursion was preceded by several hours of heavy artillery fire after dark, igniting flames in the night sky. Machine gun fire rattled as bright tracer rounds flashed through the darkness and the crash of hundreds of shells sent up streaks of fire.
I suppose that, given the quantum mechanical nature of the universe, it is within the realm of possibility that this action will cause lasting damage to Hamas and turn the Palestinian people against them. However, this is not the way to bet. Given the history of this conflict and human nature in general, I suspect that this will rally the Palestinians even further into the Hamas camp and Israel will withdraw within a few weeks, causing both Hamas and Israel to claim “victory.”