Israel is casting that dreidel very, very carefully.
IAF jets struck tunnels connecting the Palestinian and Egyptian sides of Rafah, a Gaza Strip border town which has become a main entry point into Gaza of weapons, dynamite and other smuggled military equipment and consumer goods.
Also Sunday, IDF artillery batteries were deployed along the Gaza Strip border, indicating that the firepower used by the military in Operation Cast Lead so far might yet still be intensified in coming days.
This is not a one-two punch. This is going to be a one-two-three-four punch, followed by a flurry of blows. When it’s over, Hamas will be lying on the ground, bleeding. I wish I could add “and down for the count,” but we know that won’t happen. Yet.
However, it looks like the IDF has been preparing this for quite some time. If you haven’t yet read this article about the lessons learned from the 2006 Lebanon war, please do.
Bonus fact from the first article:
Aircraft on Sunday targeted a Gaza tanker truck carrying smuggled fuel, touching off a blaze that raged out of control and spread to about a dozen nearby houses, sending acrid plumes of black smoke towering above southern Gaza, witnesses and firefighters reported.
I love that they got some of the smuggled fuel. But here’s why they did it:
Local residents said the tanker and the warehouse contained supplies that had been smuggled in from Gaza through underground tunnels with Egypt, suggesting that Israel was widening its offensive to go after businesses that are a source of income for Hamas.
Yes, Hamas’ cash cows need to be slaughtered.