Ground Invasion Seems a Foregone Conclusion
The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on the escalating Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip today, but with the US standing in their way, no resolution is likely calling for a halt to the strikes.
Nor does Israel want one, and Israeli officials say that the goal is no longer a new ceasefire with Hamas. “We don’t want a ceasefire,” declared Israeli envoy Ron Prosor, saying rather “our goal is to dismantle Hamas’ rocket infrastructure.”
That’s a nebulous mission, and one that doesn’t seem particularly forwarded by bombing civilian homes, but reflects Israel’s comfort with escalating more and more, as the Hamas rocket fire, while a great talking point for hawks, is doing virtually no damage to Israel itself.
Israel continues to mobilize more and more troops for a ground invasion of the tiny strip, which seems less speculative and more like a matter of time at this point. President Shimon Peres said yesterday that such an invasion could happen quite soon.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Mattis: US Troops Need to Stay in Iraq for 'Years' - March 24th, 2017
- Iraqi Civilians Continue to Flee Mosul, Facing Danger and Uncertainty - March 24th, 2017
- UN: Around 200 Civilians Killed Per Month in Yemen War - March 24th, 2017
- On Airstrikes' Anniversary, Serbia PM Rules Out Joining NATO - March 24th, 2017
- Netanyahu Rejects US Proposal on Reining in Settlement Growth - March 24th, 2017