posted on Nov, 17 2012 @ 02:00 AM
reply to post by AutOmatIc
That's what were all thinking, or at least those who understand the political dynamics of the region.
I really think there is no real 'bravado' in Israel calling up 75,000 troops. I can't see for what strategic effect against Hamas, or even Egypt/Iran,
that this would have. Rather, the strikes on PM Haniyehs home and his offices in north Gaza seem to indicate that Israel is taking this to the bank;
they want Hamas removed from power.
Which, of course, as you said, brings Egypt into the equation. Not yet, of course. I imagine Egypt won't intervene until a ground invasion begins and
Hamas manages to entice IDF soldiers to kill enough women and children. Then, Egypt will have their pretext.
That does seem to be the only natural progression to this conflict. The only way the IDF can avoid such a scuffle, is to either a) not embark on a
ground invasion, b) somehow manage to not kill "non-combatants", which deserves to be put in quotations, since so many of these "non-combatants" are
out on the street marching with Hamas militants.
You don't see this zealousness anywhere else. It's no coincidence that Hamas in Arabic means "zeal" - their people are hopped up on it, absolutely
zany to the point of self sacrifice.
This battle to them is far more than 'liberation'. Israel could annex the west bank and give them all their hearts desires. They want Israel gone;
they want Jews killed, or kicked out of "Palestine"; and they will kill/kick out the secularist fatah, and if all goes according to their grisly
vision, establish their Islamic state with it's capital in Jerusalem.
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