Military sources: Israel could abandon its invasion of the Gaza Strip

According to press reports, Israeli authorities may call off or halt midway the ground operation in the Gaza Strip if Hamas continues to release hostages.

This was reported by The Times of Israel, citing military sources in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). According to them, the army leadership has informed authorities that, after sixteen days of airstrikes on Hamas fighters, the army is ready to carry out a land invasion of the Gaza Strip.

The newspaper’s military sources claim that the ground operation will speed up the release of prisoners and that its objectives will be achieved, despite heavy losses among soldiers and possible attacks by the Lebanese Hezbollah in the north of the country.

The army leadership hopes that the government will decide to invade the Gaza Strip in the near future, because the troops on the border cannot remain alert for long, the Israeli press emphasizes.

IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus admitted that Israel would end the military operation in Gaza if the militants lay down their weapons and release all hostages. Hamas officials have previously said they are willing to release all detained civilians if the Israeli army stops bombing.

Ground invasion of the Gaza Strip. Two options for the Israeli army

According to New York Times sources, Israel will have to choose one of two offensive options. In the first case, the military could try to destroy Hamas using targeted air strikes and the deployment of special forces, following the example of the US-Iraqi-Kurdish operation in Mosul in 2016.

The second scenario assumes that IDF forces will enter the Gaza Strip using tanks, armored vehicles and infantry, as the United States, Britain and Iraq did during the 2004 Battle of Fallujah.

As “NYT” emphasizes, both options will cause heavy losses, but the ground operation will be more expensive for both military and civilians.

Source: Do Rzeczy