Israel should avoid a ground operation in Gaza
If the Gazans are stubborn, Israel could find itself dragged into a ground operation merely so it doesn't appear to be deterred.
The Israel Defense Forces' theory of warfare, developed over the years, goes like this: After opening the campaign with an aerial bombardment, preferably a surprise one, a ground operation is called for, in order to exploit the success - conquer land, destroy the enemy or take down his infrastructure. What's the point of a decisive aerial assault if it doesn't create an opportunity for the armored corps, the...
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