Israel struck at Gaza in late 2008, in the final months of the Olmert regime. What were the goals of the attack? 1. We know now that the IDF avoided direct engagement with Hamas forces in order to minimize Israeli casualties. 2. We also know that Defense Minister Barak wanted to end the operation after a few days, but Olmert insisted on its continuation for weeks. It appears therefore that the Israeli goal was to punish Hamas for the Katyusha attacks on Sderot and deter them from repeating the act. There was no goal of destroying the military capability of Hamas, for this cannot be done without actual confrontation and even occupation. 3. Additional support comes from analogy with Olmert`s actions in Lebanon. No realistic goals announced but destruction. When there is a goal, the operation stops when the goal is achieved, But there was no realistic goal and the IDF had to keep on with destruction, mostly civilian assets, and this is a war-crime. "Where there is no vision the people go wild" (not "perish").
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