Israel’s coming crushing of Gaza: State annihilation on a scale beyond Hamas’ atrocities

Israel’s coming crushing of Gaza: State annihilation on a scale beyond Hamas’ atrocities

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Palestine’s supporters should clearly distance themselves from Hamas’ actions, if only to prepare for the horror that is to come.

Mourners in Gaza City’s Al-Shifa Hospital (Image: AP/Fatima Shbair)

Will Israel really mount a full-scale ground invasion of Gaza? That is what they are threatening. But it is something they have avoided in the last several attacks on Gaza, and for good reason. Once they have entered the crowded city — whose density they are responsible for — their force advantage starts to decline rapidly. Hamas has an estimated 10,000 to 17,000 fighters, and aerial surveillance is difficult — and becomes more so, as it has been suggested that Hamas has abandoned all tech communications in battle to thwart surveillance, relying instead on messengers. 

Ancient techniques, as they say. The whole of Israel was thrown into turmoil in 2006 when one soldier, Gilad Shalit, was kidnapped. With Hamas now holding more than 100 hostages, a full-scale land invasion would offer the chance for them to take more. Israel could abandon the rules of engagement it has hitherto sort of stuck to, and wholly flatten Gaza City block by block, as it moves forward. But that would involve the direct killing of strategically placed hostages, and it may not be ready to do that. 

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Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Guy Rundle is correspondent-at-large for Crikey. He is also an associate editor at Arena Quarterly and contributes to a variety of publications in Australia and the United Kingdom.


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