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The objective of the Gaza operation was to stop the rocket attacks of Hamas.
In 2006, Israel bombed Lebanon, resulting in almost 1200 civilian casualties . . 44 on Israeli side. Israel went to war over the kidnaping of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah . . people are still dying as a consequence of the cluster ammunition, Israel felt necessary to use . . the response was very disproportional and likely already planned to happen when the time would be right, in order to show the IDF's power to its enemies.
The IDF greatly underestimated the capabilities of Hezbollah, which in terms of strength . . had modern anti-tank weapons as well as anti-ship missiles, which almost sank an Israeli corvette. Hezbollah has tripled and diversified its missile and rocket stock to over 40,000 and has been supplied with other weapons, such as anti-tank weapons and UAVs. Israel stated that Syria supplied SAMs has effected Israel's capability to conduct surveillance sorties over Lebanon, facilitating Hezbollah to receive smuggled weapons from Syria.
The objective of the Gaza operation was to stop the rocket attacks of Hamas. Hamas are believed to have approximately 1000 rockets remaining and are firing tens a day into Israel. Their tunnel network to smuggle weapons is believed to consist of hundreds of tunnels. Israel never considered these tunnels to be a threat. Now it is too late.
Janusfin brought up an interesting question in another thread, why doesn't Israel use Counter-RAM systems to prevent rockets and mortar to hit any civilian objects in Israel? For those who don't know this military equipment, it is a system that destroys incoming rockets and mortar rounds in the air before they hit their ground targets.
Rockets are still being fired and Israel is gonna lose once again without its objectives being accomplished. Yet, it fails to provide effective protection while the US military industry sponsors Israel with huge amounts of money. All they will reach is a large number of civilian casualties, collateral damage and more hate.
The only way this conflict can be solved, is by words. We've seen what the decades of isolation has done to Iran and other ''rogue states.'' It worsened global security and increased the risk of terrorism.