Thursday, April 10, 2008

Another Warning Flare

Hamas fighter during last year's attacks against Fatah in the Gaza Strip

In Heads Up, we looked at the possibility of a new war between Israel, Hezbollah and/or Syria and/or Iran.

I left out Hamas. They may actually be the first to feel the hammer fall. It would be a way for the IDF and IAF to stress-test the changes they incorporated into doctrine after the war with Hezbollah in 2006, plus, Hamas seems to be getting more professional in their military ops:

Analysis: A drill in the North, a war in the South

by Yaakov Katz, Jerusalem Post
While this week's nationwide emergency exercise focused attention on the missile barrages Israel might suffer in a future conflict with Syria, Hizbullah and Iran, Wednesday's events are a reminder of a conflict that is already taking place - the war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

On Wednesday, Palestinian terror groups claimed two victories in their daily attacks against Israel. The first was the well-planned ambush against a force from the elite Egoz reconnaissance unit in Gaza during which gunmen killed an Israeli soldier. Later in the day, four terrorists infiltrated the Nahal Oz fuel depot along the Gaza border and shot dead two Israeli civilians...

I have to think that Israel will make a serious and sustained incursion into Gaza on the heels of these two attacks. Keep an eye on how it plays out.

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