Six months of secret planning - then Israel moves against Hamas
Hamas provoked this by a year of missile
attacks against Israeli cities. Leaving
aside who the land belongs to Israel is
responding to attacks on its civilians.
If Hamas did not attack, Israel would not respond.
Hamas cannot seriously harm Israel and as this week
has shown, attacking Israel only brings death and destruction upon Gaza citizens.
Israeli media reports, by usually well-informed correspondents and analysts, alluded yesterday to six months of intelligence-gathering to pinpoint Hamas targets including bases, weapon silos, training camps and the homes of senior officials. The cabinet spent five hours discussing the plan in detail on December 19 and left the timing up to Ehud Olmert, the caretaker prime minister, and his defence minister Ehud Barak. Preparations involved disinformation and deception which kept Israel's media in the dark. According to Ha'aretz, that also lulled Hamas into a sense of false security and allowed the initial aerial onslaught to achieve tactical surprise - and kill many of the 290 victims counted so far.
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