Analysis Israel's Gaza Offensive Israeli Leaders Should Think Twice Before Launching a Gaza Ground Offensive

A tour along the border with the Gaza Strip, and a series of conversations with commanders on the ground and retired senior officers with knowledge of the situation, raises disturbing questions over the logic of a major ground operation at the current time.

While Cairo is still applying pressure on Hamas to agree to a quick cease-fire with Israel, and while in Israel an airlift of diplomats has been landing seeking to stop a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, the Israel Defense Force is continuing its intensive preparations for the ground phase of Operation Pillar of Defense.