27 July 2014 - OPE Day 20/Ground War Day 10: And so HAMAS side of the war has resumed in full this Sunday morning. The amount of Iranian-supplied and locally manufactured ordnance stockpiled in human-shield locations in Gaza was once again on display in the latest barrage on Israeli towns over the border. This is going on as PM Netanyahu's latest order, with security cabinet concurrence, for the IDF to stand down until some point tonight is being steadfastly adhered to by the IDF. There is no Israel return fire once again in the face of renewed HAMAS missile barrages, so there is clearly something larger at play in which Israel deems the significant risk of keeping her own guns silent will win her some victory or additional advantage in the international arena. When it comes to warfighting this is something I've not seen before; rope-a-dope tactics are for the boxing ring, not the battlefield, even for Israel with its overwhelming tactical military advantage on the ground in Gaza, and the addition of the Palestinian Authority's Fatah faction declaring "open war" on Israel.
Briefly on the tunnels... the images that have been broadcast or published in news reports overwhelmingly present them to be of dimensions which enable a human being to walk upright through with lighting and other cabling for Command, Control and Communications (C3). However, the image below published by CBS News illustrates that there are tunnels large enough to drive a Toyota SUV through with room to spare. It is this size tunnel I suspect most of HAMAS' heavy Iranian-made missiles and explosive ordnance has been brought into Gaza from the Sinai.
28 July 2014 - OPE Day 21/Ground War Day 11: The news this morning sounds eerily similar to the news that was being reported just prior to the cessation of hostilities in the Israel-Hezbollah war in August 2006. This is not really new news but more like a deja vu we've been here and done this before premonition. The news this morning is that the United States once again is applying extreme pressure upon Israel to halt their combat operations before a mission complete military victory can be achieved.
In 2006 the U.S. demands upon Israel were followed by U.N.Security Council Resolution 1701 which was and remains essentially a set of pie-in-the-sky, completely unenforceable and often completely ignored conditions upon the terrorists of Hezbollah which make inevitable war on an even greater scale an absolute certainty for a day in the future. Sound familiar? (** see NOTE below)
Perhaps there will be more to come, perhaps not. This might be due to the fact that the history of the past 8 years is still a fresh enough memory that an update might just be a moot point. Under the current conditions Gaza will not become a HAMAS-free demilitarized zone but more akin to a Lebanon on Israel's southern border. There's nothing news worthy about that or if PM Bibi Netanyahu caves in yet again to Barack Hussein Obama.
Final Update - OPE Day 21: The orders issued to IDF field commanders are beginning to become clearer. They are wholly consistent with Israel's oft repeated threat to significantly expand its combat operations in Gaza. Once again entire communities in Gaza are being advised to pack up and leave. It appears as if IDF armor will begin to penetrate into the heart of Gaza City and other locations in a campaign designed to eradicate all HAMAS military capability and leave nothing for Iran to re-arm once hostilities are concluded.
NOTE** This morning's early news did have a very familiar ring to it. Hindsight being 20/20 it now appears as if what was going on was a full-scale disinformation campaign designed to bully Israel into a unilateral ceasefire. As we now know, that ploy did not work and once again exposed the Obama Administration as untrustworthy and working against the interests of the people and State of Israel.