Imagine my surprise and shock this morning to discover all the headlines in a great variety of news sites about Israel withdrawing ground-forces from Gaza...
These photos of armored personnel carriers leaving Gaza* reflect the changing strategy of the IDF. Throughout the night, as Israeli soldiers left Gaza, air strikes continued on Jebaliah. (Jerusalem Online)*emphasis mine
Israeli Gaza-Area Residents Dreading IDF Pullback; ‘Tunnel Threat Taking Fear to New Level’
Despite local reports that alluded to major moves out of Gaza territory, the IDF Spokesman was far cagier when speaking with The Algemeiner.
The IDF, according to Ynet News, pulled out “the majority of its ground forces back to staging areas outside Gaza on Sunday.”However, the army, for its part, only allowed that, “At the moment, (IDF) forces are moving in order to fulfill ongoing missions to defend Israel, and reaching goals the army set for itself,” a spokesman said, in a telephone interview. (Algemeiner)
Duh!?!? Weren't we supposed to finish them off? Here are signs I saw in Jerusalem's Kikar Tzarfat, Paris Square:Citing that its operation to demolish Hamas tunnels was nearing its end, Israel started to withdraw some of its ground forces from Gaza. As we noted earlier, this development comes after the Israeli cabinet decided it would no longer seek a ceasefire with Hamas and called off negotiations to be held in Cairo. (Yahoo)
I've been under the very distinct impression that the Israeli public would rather we destroy the Hamas terror structure, whatever the cost, than continue with the even more dangerous and painful cycle of violence and terror especially now that it's known that there are terrorist tunnels, a maze of underground, highly reinforced passages under northern and southern Israel.
|SOLDIERS EXAMINE three motorcycles discovered last week in a tunnel in the Karni crossing area that terrorists intended to use in an attack on communities near the Gaza border. Photo: IDF|
This "cycle of violence," terror attacks and rocket attacks on Israel followed by mini-wars, ceasefires and then more serious and deeper attacks against Israel has convinced even otherwise Left wing sectors in Israeli society that we cannot go on like a broken record.
There must be a decisive victory over the Hamas terrorists!!!