Hamas Headquarters Leveled, ‘Gaza Power Grid Targeted’
DF operation is seen as very successful thus far; Obama, Europe and even Israeli press relatively supportive.
By Gil Ronen
The IDF’s pounding of Hamas’ infrastructure in Gaza entered its fourth day Saturday, and is deemed as highly successful until this point.
The Hamas government headquarters, which housed Gaza “prime minister” Ismail Haniyeh’s offices, were leveled to the ground. In addition, “security compounds, tunnels and electricity transformers” were hit, according to Al Jazeera. “Missiles also knocked out five electricity transformers, plunging more than 400,000 people into darkness, according to the Gaza electricity distribution company,” the news network reported.
The government has approved the call-up of 75,000 reservists and massed troops, tanks and armored vehicles along the border with Gaza, signaling a ground invasion could be imminent.
The IDF’s attacks from air and sea have been very accurate, and attempts to minimize civilian deaths have also been relatively successful, although with Hamas, one never knows when a family may be purposely placed in harm’s way to create a bloodbath that can be blamed on Israel. The technologically innovative Iron Dome’s system’s high rate of success at intercepting missiles is seen as the centerpiece of the IDF’s performance in that it gives the military breathing room to pulverize Hamas targets without having to worry too much about Israeli civilian causalties.