A Geometry Problem

Interesting developments in Gaza today.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli ground troops and tanks cut swaths through the Gaza Strip early Sunday, bisecting the coastal territory and surrounding its biggest city as the new phase of a devastating offensive against Hamas gained momentum.

Thousands of soldiers in three brigade-size formations pushed into Gaza after nightfall Saturday, beginning a long-awaited ground offensive after a week of intense aerial bombardment. Black smoke billowed over Gaza City at first light and bursts of machine gun fire rang out.

TV footage showed Israeli troops with night-vision goggles and camouflage face paint marching in single file. Artillery barrages preceded their advance, and they moved through fields and orchards following bomb-sniffing dogs ensuring their routes had not been booby-trapped.

The military said troops killed or wounded dozens of militant fighters, but Palestinian medical teams in Gaza, unable to move because of the fighting, could not provide accurate casualty figures.

I wonder what the Israelis are up to? The first attacks in Northern Gaza may have been a feint to attract Hamas fighters. Now the Israelis have disrupted communications between the two halves of Gaza. The question then is: will they push north to squeeze the Hamas fighters or will they head south to disrupt the smuggling tunnels? Hamas is definitely on the horns of a dilemma. Which is just where B. H. L. Hart says they should be.

Cross Posted at Power and Control

posted by Simon on 01.04.09 at 08:22 AM










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