Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Israel Prepares for a large scale invasion of Gaza


According to an antiwar website which quoted an Israeli Newspaper Jerusalem Post, which has reported that Israel’s military has ordered its Southern Command to prepare for a “large scale” invasion of the Gaza Strip, likely to begin within the next few months. 

Israeli Military Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz has repeatedly pressed for an invasion of the Gaza Strip over the past few months, while trumpeting the late 2008 invasion as a “great success.” 

Officials today indicated that the next invasion would be very much on the same model as 2008, which saw massive Palestinian civilian casualties and destruction of considerable civilian infrastructure, much of which remains unrepaired as an Israeli blockade has prevented construction materials from being imported. 

The exact timing of the invasion will also be tricky, as Israel will of course rely on the US to run interference in the UN when the ugliest aspects of the war begin to trickle out. 

The last invasion came after the 2008 US Presidential election but was virtually wrapped up before President Obama took office.

It may be that Israel will try a similar strategy of starting the war after the vote in an effort to keep it from being a political issue in the US.

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