Israel Hopes Its Troops and Egypt’s Diplomacy Will Combine to Quell Hamas

It’s no secret that Jerusalem doesn’t want a full occupation of Gaza, but with boots on the ground, the situation could deteriorate.

At this stage, the Israel Defense Forces’ ground incursion into the Gaza Strip is limited. The size of the forces, all standing army, is smaller than during Operation Cast Lead in the winter of 2008-09. The troops are mainly occupying open areas near the fence in the north, center and south of Gaza. According to Palestinian sources, the IDF is holding the outskirts of the Strip’s built-up...