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Ground operations begin in Gaza

January 4, 2009

Fox News caught the action live.

You have to wonder about this. But I guess the Israelis weren’t really counting on the element of surprise. Too bad for them if they were.

This story illustrates the danger of journalists having access to information that needs to be an operational secret until cleared for release.

The IDF spokesman explains the objectives:

Prior to the launching of ground operations against Hamas, Caroline Glick at The Jerusalem Post was forecasting victory for Hamas:

George Orwell once quipped, “The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.”

Since Tuesday it has become clear that the Olmert-Livni-Barak government has decided to end the war with Iran’s Hamas proxy army in Gaza as quickly as possible. That is, the government has decided to lose the war.

Most Israelis are unaware of this state of affairs. In an obvious attempt to bolster the popularity of Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Defense Minister Ehud Barak ahead of the February 10 general elections, the local media have spent the six days since the government launched Operation Cast Lead praising the government’s competence and wisdom, and declaring victory over Hamas after every IAF sortie in Gaza.

What the media have declined to notice is that the outcome of the war will not be determined by the number of Hamas buildings the IAF destroys. The outcome of this war – like the outcome of all wars – will be determined by one factor only: Which side will achieve the goals it set out for itself at the outset of the conflict and which side will concede its goals?

Depressingly, the current machinations of the Olmert-Livni-Barak government demonstrate that when the fighting is over, Hamas and not Israel will be able to declare that it accomplished its goals.

Perhaps Ms Glick will be proven wrong by events, but I very much fear she will not.

UPDATE: A perceptive assessment by Israeli ‘revisionist’ historian Benny Morris.

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