In response to a recent column — in which I wrote that if the fighting resumes, Hamas might well “find an Israeli populace saddened by renewed war, but profoundly committed to winning it, no matter the cost” — one young Israeli reader responded in a way that gave me pause:
“That statement is no longer [...]
Hezbollah is planning to send dozens or hundreds of terrorists over the border into Israel in any future war, while targeting the Israeli home front with large numbers of projectiles, in a conflict that could last as long as four months, according to the officer’s evaluations.
Hezbollah’s focus will be to rain down rockets and [...]
Two weeks after the fighting stopped, there’s been no progress in rehabilitating Gaza or resuming Israeli-PA talks. Abbas and Hamas are getting impatient
According to Palestinian sources in Gaza, indeed, the Hamas military wing has made clear to the political leadership that if nothing has changed and no steps have been taken to ease [...]
The report said Hezbollah has an estimated 100,000 rockets — 10 times as many as were in the Hamas arsenal — and that its 5,000 long-range missiles, located in Beirut and other areas deep inside Lebanon, are capable of carrying large warheads (of up to 1 ton and more), with precision guidance systems, covering all of Israel.
Nicholas Saidel, the associate director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response (ISTAR) argues today at the Israeli website Mida that Israel can weaken Iran by allying itself with various ethnic minorities currently suffering persecution in Iran. Observing that [...]
And then, on Tuesday afternoon, when first word of the ceasefire began to emerge, it became clear that Hamas had capitulated, retreated with its tail between its legs, abandoned everything it had insisted upon. No seaport and no airport. No release of the Shalit prisoners who were re-arrested in June after the murders of the [...]
The Israeli navy is a bit of an odd duck. It’s designed largely for coastal and eastern Mediterranean warfare. But among all of Israel’s small corvettes and missile boats are some some seriously mighty submarines.
Israel is also investing heavily in growing its submarine fleet. It’s a reflection of Tel Aviv’s increasing reliance [...]
This was not just another strike, not just another assassination. The killing of the three constituted an indication that something in the intelligence discipline at the very top of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades has cracked.
In the next few days, Hamas will try to use every military means at its disposal: the [...]
´”(Prime Minister Binyamin) Netanyahu and (Foreign Minister Avigdor) Liberman must prepare themselves for difficult days. They have never seen such (difficult days) in this war or its predecessors,” said Barhoum.´
If Gaza terror chief was killed on Tuesday night, Hamas will feel obligated to escalate the fighting; if not, we may yet see a return [...]