Ground War Could Start Today, But Which Ground War?
A long distance rocket hitting Israel’s soft center will undoubtedly serve as pretext for an invasion of Gaza.
November 15th, 2012
Since the beginning of operation Pillar of Defense, 11 Palestinians have been killed. According to Arab sources, the IAF bombed targets in the Rafah and East Jabaliya. Aircraft dropped leaflets in Gaza stating that the residents should “keep their distance from Hamas terror operatives” when further attacks begin. Meanwhile, three Hamas terrorists were killed while riding a motorcycle in Khan Yunis.
So far, some 200 rockets were fired at Israel this morning, with about 30 intercepted by the Iron Dome system, including between one (IDF version) and three (Hamas version) Fajr rockets fired at Tel Aviv.
It is widely expected here that after the funeral for the late Chief of Staff of the Hamas military wing Ahmed Ja’abri, the rocket launches will increase dramatically. And, despite the IAF’s efforts overnight, it appears that there are still more Fajr long-distance rockets left in the Hamas arsenal, one to three of which have been fired at Tel Aviv. It is quite conceivable that, sooner or later, Israel’s soft center will be reached, God forbid.
This will likely serve as a pretext for Israel to move in with infantry and armored forces.