23 August 2014: With thousands of IDF reservists now having reported back to their unit assembly points all along the Gaza frontier, and just hours after Israel's senior military and political leadership could not have been more hopelessly wrong in telling southern Israel's residents that it was okay for them to return to their homes, a four-year old child became a completely unnecessary victim to the Israeli leadership's wrong strategy for the wrong war. A new strategic prosecution of the conflict has been effectively signaled, taking it from being just another operation in a series of operations against HAMAS in Gaza to one in which the military conquest of HAMAS has been set as the mission complete objective.
The IDF, as before, has warned civilians to keep their distance from all combatants in Gaza. The IDF is more than capable of conducting military operations in the confined spaces of urban areas, and although on a much smaller scale, this new phase of warfare in Gaza may essentially more resemble Sherman's 'March to the Sea' more than the limited objective, pin-prick boots-on-the-ground incursion into Gaza earlier this month. For young Daniel Tragerman and millions of other youth just like him, this new phase of the war had better be lest Israel's current leadership be accurately described as feckless and inept.
Hopefully it has not escaped the Israeli government's notice that PA President Mahmoud Abbas and HAMAS Khaled Maashal did not, as reported by some media, conclude their meeting in Islamist Qatar with a heated argument, bur rather with a unity consensus between them of destroying Israel through the offices of HAMAS erstwhile ally in Gaza, the United Nations. Israel must respond accordingly by removing HAMAS from existence as surely as Maashal intends to remove Mahmoud Abbas leadership of the PA from existence.
No more empty words Mr. Netanyahu, no more empty words!
UPDATE 25 August: Polls in Israel are reflecting the same sentiments I have openly expressed on this blog regarding PM Benjamin Netanyahu's fecklessness in dealing with the Islamic terrorists in Gaza. As it stands now, Netanyahu and Likud will very likely be trounced in the next election in Israel because HAMAS' tactics have made an utter fool of Netanyahu and his politically expedient military actions and unwarranted ceasefire capitulations.
Israeli's do not want HAMAS to be negotiated with, they want HAMAS to be gone. More importantly HAMAS has effectively and without any ground force invasion, caused the near total depopulation of Israeli territory adjacent to Gaza. Israeli's are refugees in their own country because Bibi Netanyahu hasn't a clue nor the nerve to fight and win a war against HAMAS in Gaza. In fact, he's shown himself to be even more inept as a Prime Minister than Ehud Olmert was during the Lebanon War in the summer of 8 years ago. HAMAS has also effectively set the stage for regime change in Israel. Finally, Bibi Netanyahu literally invites rockets from terrorists in Lebanon and Syria to impact Israel's territory. The current situation is absolutely pathetic.
SITREP D4-14 FINAL UPDATE 27 August 2014: It doesn't take more than a cursory scan of media around the world to see that HAMAS and PIJ terrorists have acheived a technical victory over Israel (the government) and the IDF. As always, this guarantees even more significant and destructive warfighting will occur in the short-term. The Islamists have been emboldened because Israeli PM Netanyahu has behaved as if he were U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama's lapdog. "Good boy Bibi, good boy!"
So, for the foreseeable and indefinitely defined future thousands upon thousands of Israeli citizens will be war refugees in their own God-given country.
Why? Because the IDF was forced into a war in Gaza by islamic terrorists fighting as proxy forces for the Islamic Republic of Iran who were armed with Iranian and Syrian weapons of every description without achieving a clear military objective in total victory.
Why? Because PM Netanyahu never wanted a clear military victory over Gaza's islamic terrorists, he wanted a negotiated political accommodation -- despite the fact that Israel was forced into this war via HAMAS' kidnapping and cold-blooded murder of three Israeli teenagers and unprovoked military extortion through rocket and mortar fire against every region of the country.
Once again, as in the 2006 summer war with Hezbollah in Lebanon, history repeats and Israel was defeated before even one boot of the IDF stepped on Gaza's soil. Bibi Netanyahu has ineptly used this occasion to snatch defeat from the jaws of a military victory because he followed Barack Obama's dictate. And to say that the majority of the citizens of Israel have lost all faith in their own government is a monumental understatement. They have been forced against their will by the governments actions into giving up their homes and livelihoods and life as they knew prior to the war in exchange for what? A worthless agreement with islamic terrorists whose charter calls for their slaughter and the continuous barrage of empty words from the failed Prime Minister of their nation. How utterly pathetic is this situation?
The islamic terrorists surrounding Israel must be licking their bloodthirsty chops. They will not delay their next aggression against Israel for very long.
Addendum 01 September 2014: Tucked away in a corner of the The Algemeiner website there is found a report dated Saturday, 30 August 2014, attributed to a Jerusalem Post article of the same day, with the headline" "Netanyahu Says He Hasn't Ruled Out Toppling HAMAS."
"Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave interviews to the country’s three television networks over the weekend defending the Gaza operation, and saying that driving Hamas from power has not been removed from the agenda.In other words, from PM Netanyahu's big picture perspective there are indeed bigger strategic fish for Israel to be prepared to fry. The Israeli PM then went on to identify those fish: 1) Al Qaeda on the Golan, 2) Islamic State moving on Jordan and already in Lebanon, and 3) Hezbollah in Lebanon supported by Iran. Knowing this I still have to ask: Why not deal a death blow to the terrorists in Israel's south (Gaza and Sinai) when the opportunity fully presented itself? Would PM Netanyahu rather have a future war on all three fronts instead of just two?
“I never removed the goal of toppling Hamas, and I am not doing that now,” Netanyahu told Channel 2, saying, however, that Israel faces numerous other security challenges."
Sounds prophetic, like the sum total of the Psalm 83 finale.