Hamas crumbled except for continuing to lash out at Israeli civilian targets whenever possible. The IDF, perhaps overestimating Hamas's ability to resist, took no chances with their own men's lives, and in doing so, killed far too many civilians and did far too much damage to civilian infrastructure. The refusal to allow Gazan civilians to evacuate into Israel was a crucial wrong move. As was the reliance on aerial bombs and rockets and artillery in tightly-packed civilian areas. The Israeli media acted as cheerleaders for the IDF, when in fact what they should have been doing is warning the IDF and the Israeli public how unnecessarily brutal Cast Lead was. The rest of the world saw. Israel should have realsied and done something about it FAR sooner. Particularly worrying are the suggestions of encouragement from rabbis, from briefings and from lax rule sof engagement for IDF soldiers to be reckless with civilian lives. The IDF has a lot of lessons to learn from Cast Lead. The worry is that it seems reluctant to do so, and if so, the next war will be even worse.
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