Top General Explains Why Israel Refrained From Occupying Gaza

As Israel's state budget nears its big day, the arguments over the state and use of ground forces is again gathering steam. The commander in charge sits down to answer the hard questions

Amos Harel
Amos Harel
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Amos Harel
Amos Harel

A fierce controversy has raged for some years within the Israel Defense Forces, though mainly around it, over the status of its ground forces. Israel has rarely utilized ground forces for deep maneuver operations in enemy territory for at least two decades. Even when a military operation, or quasi war, is launched over a specific point of tension, a combination of circumstances appears to preclude a decision to send ground forces deep into the other side’s territory.

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