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    Israel struck at Gaza in late 1998, 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 by actual confrontation and even occupation. 3. Additional support comes from analogy with Olmert's actions in Lebanon. No realistic goals but destruction, and mostly it was infrastructure. Without real goals and continued bombardments in Gaza, the IDF had to destroy civilian "assets" and this is the cause for war-crimes, there was nothing else to do. See Prov. 29:18 for lack of vision.

    from the article: Report: UN evidence counters Israel's account of Gaza war
    First published 10:17 02.02.10 | Last updated 10:54 02.02.10
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