What’s next in Gaza if Hamas rejects peace


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If Hamas continues to reject a proposed peace plan negotiated by Egypt, Israel is likely to return to Gaza with a much broader offensive.

A broader ground offensive can take multiple forms, and its scope can vary as well. On one end of the spectrum is a smaller operation that can last a few weeks, in which ground forces seize Gaza, deliver a powerful blow to Hamas’s military assets, and withdraw.

On the other end of the spectrum is an operation that would last at least about a year, in which ground units would spread out and go after all of Hamas’s guerrilla cells. Several intermediate options exist, too. Targets would include the remainder of Hamas’s weapons storage facilities, command and control sites, regional battalions, and its junior and senior leaders from its armed wing.

I hope Israel goes for the broadest most aggressive plan. The most humanitarian thing that could be done for the people in Gaza would be to remove Hamas and free them from its tyrannical, insane, and vicious rule.

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  • Cotour

    And while these are two reasonable strategic options, the second of which might give the individuals of Gaza some hope of some kind of reasonable life and economy, the U.N. contemplates war crime charges for Israel. And the U.N.’s actions will probably result in Israel choosing the first option which of course will result in the eternal loop of continuing carnage to continue.

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