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The Israeli ground invasion in Gaza

Published on 18 July 2014, by M. Tomazy.
Israeli PM ordered ground invasion in Gaza Strip on Thursday. Civilians are the majority of death toll, while Israeli forces launched heavy navy and artillery shelling eastern Gaza Strip, near borders to facilitate ground invasion.
In Lebanon's 2006 war, Israeli ground invasion was crucial. Hezbollah fighters 'hunted' Israeli tanks one after another in Wadi Al-Hujayr, Southern Lebanon in what-so-called "massacre of Israeli tanks". Palestinian resistance is reported to have Russian-made anti-tanks, similar weapons that Hezbollah used in 2006 war.

Undoubtedly, Palestinian civilians are constituting the majority of death toll in current war. Nevertheless, Israeli decision-makers are sensitive toward losing soldiers during successive battles which is not guaranteed in such unequal confrontation. Shaul Mofaz, former Israeli defense minister expressed great concern regarding Gaza tunnels, which may carry "surprises" to Israeli forces, he said in televised interview.

Israeli minimized cabinet set goal for the running war by applying long-term 'quiet'. However, Palestinian resistance continues rockets launching in ascending manner, according to Israeli escalation. Israelis supposed to invade Gaza blindly, since they confessed spying limitations, especially they did not expect Hamas's locally-made drones as well as medium-ranged rockets, according to Israeli media. Meanwhile, Palestinian resistance prepared complicated underground tunnels' network in well-known geography by them.

As in Lebanon's 2006 war, Israeli forces will own heavy destructive facilities with lesser effectiveness against 'hidden' and well-trained fighters. If Israeli forces carry out ground invasion, Israeli cabinet will ask for mediation in the foreseeable future to establish another truce; and the Palestinian resistance will achieve some conditions despite elevated death toll of civilians.