Operation Cast Lead

I have been wondering for a while what the meaning of the Israeli's Operation Cast Lead was. I think I have an answer.

Head of IDF Military Intelligence General Amos Yadlin also addressed the meeting and gave an assessment of the Gaza operation's progress.

"The organization [Hamas] took a serious blow, we killed hundreds of terrorists and damaged their ability to build weaponry," Yadlin said.

Casting lead is an old term for making bullets. In other words weapons. So Operation Cast Lead means that the central focus is the destruction of the Philistine's weapon's factories and stockpiles. And there is further confirmation of that in the linked article.
Diskin also said the weapons factories used by Hamas have been wiped out in the offensive and dozens of tunnels used to smuggle arms into the coastal territory have been destroyed.

According to a Military Intelligence assessment released Tuesday, Israel's air offensive on Gaza has thus far destroyed one-third of the Hamas' rocket arsenal.

And what of the brave Hamas leaders? Evidently their love of death is not near so great as they might have us believe.
Hamas "has been hit like it has never been hit before," Diskin said.
Diskin said the Islamic group's ability to govern the Strip has been seriously damaged, and that senior Hamas officials are hiding out in Gaza's hospitals, where they have "disguised themselves as doctors and nurses."

"Many Hamas officials are hiding in mosques throughout Gaza, out of the assumption that Israel will avoid attacking Muslim houses of worship," Diskin said. Dozens of the mosques have been turned into weapons stockpiles and command centers, he added.

Dressing as women? What are they? A bunch of girly men? Evidently.

And mosques off limits? I don't think so. Especially if they are full of weapons.

You can see more IDF videos at IDFNA Desk.

Cross Posted at Power and Control

posted by Simon on 01.04.09 at 09:36 AM


This is probably why the Israelis named it 'Cast Lead':

"Israel has given its Gaza assault the codename “Operation Cast Lead.” Where did this rather poetic title come from? Well, a poem. Specifically, a classic Hanukkah poem by Israel’s national poet, H.N. Bialik.

The operation began on Saturday, the sixth day of Hanukkah. According to Eli Isaacson, a spokesman for the IDF—who spoke to The Daily Beast moments after arriving at the site of a recent Qassam rocket explosion—the codename comes from a line in “For Hanukkah” referring to “a dreidel cast of solid lead.”


Ken McCracken   ·  January 4, 2009 12:24 PM


In another example of media types in over their experience- head, I heard one news broadcaster pronounce it, "Cast Leed."

11B40   ·  January 4, 2009 7:10 PM

I kept reading it as if they were talking about "casting a lead" to see how close ship was to the bottom.

It didn't make much sense, but operation names shouldn't make sense. You don't want your enemies to be able to guess your intention from your code names.

Imagine if Operation Overlord had been named "Operation Invade Normandy" or "Operation Reverse Battle of Hastings"?

Veeshir   ·  January 5, 2009 12:04 PM

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