Netanyahu Says Israel Preparing Large-Scale Gaza Military Operation

Says military's goal would be to 'restore the calm'

With his political campaign continuing to be built on him being the farthest right-wing, and most hawkish candidate, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed a meeting of the security cabinet in which the army was told to prepare for a wide-scale military campaign inside the Gaza Strip.

It’s unlikely that such an instruction to the Israeli Army has any meaning at all, since Israel is seemingly always on the verge of invading the Gaza Strip for some reason or other, and probably is never not making such preparations.

Netanyahu said policy toward the Gaza frontier is to either invade Gaza or “restore the calm.” Despite ttalk of “difficult situations,” it’s not clear anything is really going on in Gaza beyond what usually is.

Indeed, it’s not clear what Netanyahu’s “Gaza situation” is, beyond another opportunity for him to talk up the idea of a massive military offensive, a threat which tends to be politically popular within Israel, and which officials feel the need to bring up as a possibility every so often.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.