Thursday, January 22, 2009
Operation Cast Lead and its Humiliation for Hamas
As we’re finalizing the closing chapter of Operation Cast Lead, every side is trying to figure out what just happened and what is going to happen in future. Hamas was looking for a way to upgrade its respect around the globe and maybe promote its reputation to Hizbollah’s Level. They were itching for an Israeli incursion into Gaza so that they could create a second Lebanon for IDF. After Lebanon 06, IDF had lost its deterrence in the Arab world especially in Gaza. Hamas was looking for an opportunity to repeat what Hizbollah had done in South Lebanon. On the other hand, Iran and their agents in the region were pushing Hamas into this conflict. Iran had greatly benefited from Lebanon and its support for Hizbollah. Iran needed to drag Israel into a bloody conflict to distract her from attacking Iran’s nuclear facility during the transition of U.S administrations. Therefore, they supplied Hamas with everything they could possibly find to prepare them to attack Israel. Hamas also thought that they are going to teach Israel a new lesson. They dug tunnels just like Hizbollah had done; they had used schools and mosques as weapon depot, and they were just waiting for Israelis to come. So when the ceasefire came to an end by early December, they were confident enough that they could confront Israel militarily. They also had received green light from their master (aka Iran) to start a confrontation. So with full confident in their capabilities, even before the ceasefire come to an end, they alleged their readiness to confront Israel and resumed their attacks against Israeli civilians in the south. However, they had miscalculated one thing. Just like Hamas who was preparing for a war, Israel was watching Hamas’s every move. Not even that, Israel had prepared its special units and trained them to confront Hamas in Gaza and urban areas. Israel had learned necessary lessons from Lebanon to confront Hamas in Gaza. Basically, Israel has Hizbollah to thank for its victory in Gaza. Israel inflicted severe damages through air within hours of the start of conflict. Israel was patient in its planning and she used diligence to conduct its operations in Gaza. IDF was very organized in going into Gaza. Israel kept clear channel of communication between commanders unlike Lebanon that units were all confused and nobody knew what to do. A perfect example of how much damage Israe caused Hamas is this: according to Persian Israel Radio based in Jerusalem, Iran had trained about 100 Hamas fighters in Iran and they had snuck back into Gaza to prepare Hamas to confront Israel. These fighters had received special training with regard to different type of conducting terrorist attacks or weapon trainings. Israel chased and killed all 100 of these fighters. In terms of military objectives, Israel showed its superiority in terms of combat and urban fighting. Hamas had booby trapped every inch of Gaza. Hamas looked miserable in the battles. Israel lost 13 soldiers during this whole operation; 5-7 of them were caused by friendly fire. That is a total embarrassment for Hamas. How misrule and humiliated should you be that another country has to declare victory for you? Hamas totally miscalculated its objectives and forgot that they are not Hizbollah and Israel was very prepared to confront them.
Another issue that arised as a result of this war was the drift that created between commanders in Gaza and Syria. Khaled Mashal was sitting in his comfortable house in Syria ordering these commanders to keep fighting. He was benefiting from all the civilians who were dying in the fighting. However, Hamas commanders kept saying that they were ready for any ceasefire and Hamas commanders in Syria kept rejecting it. This showed the level of inhumanity and lack of respect for human life in part of Hamas commanders in Syria. They did not even value the lives of their own men; would you imagine what they would do to Israelis if they ever get a chance? They could not care less that their fighters did not stand a chance confronting IDF and they were just benefiting from high civilian casualties.
Another issue that is important to notice is remember in Lebanon 06 how the Arab protesters were actually happy the war was happening and they were proud of Hizbollah. AngryArab blogger was celebrating the war and congratulating Hizbollah on their victory and their actions toward Israeli citizens. They were not sad even a bit that there was a war happening simply because Israel was losing civilians; not even that, they were congratulating Hizbollah for killing and terrorizing Israeli citizens through their bombardment of civilians cities. They were so proud of their war and they were not hiding it. However, in this war, since Hamas was being humiliated, they were furious. Not even that they were furious, they resorted to Anti-Semitic tactic to send their messages to the world. Their protests were filled with absolute hate. They were calling themselves protesting for peace and for peaceful purposes. What happened? How come last time that they had achieved a bit of success, they were not protesting for peace or ceasefire, but out of the sudden they decided to protest for peace? Either way, they were humiliated just like Hamas because this time they portrayed their anger through violence and they showed their true barbaric natures.
At the end, Operation Cast Lead was a total success for IDF. Unfortunately there were many civilian casualties, however the blame does not rest on Israel, Israel was targeting what any other country would target which is military targets. Israel went after targets that Hamas had produced by using them for military objectives such as flying missiles toward Israel. This time, there are extensive video library as to what Israel targeted and the extend Israel went through to defend civilian lives in the conflict. The losers were not Hamas, the losers were Palestinian population in the areas who had to suffer and they will suffer in future. Not that they care, in their mind, it is Israel’s fault no matter what happens. However, Hamas will restore its military capability within a year or two, but until then, at least there will be some quiet time for the both side. All together, Israel restored its deterrence that she had lost because her failures in Lebanon. Now Hizbollah is on notice that Israel is ready to confront them, and if one day Hizbollah decides to send them an invitation, IDF is going to deliver them a hefty and destructive gift.
Kol Hakavod IDF!