Talk of a ground action in Gaza in response to the recent spate of missile attacks on Israel from Gaza is playing into the hands of Hamas, according to former deputy chief of staff and Southern District commander Dan Harel. Harel told a gathering in Jerusalem, Thursday evening that Israeli ground troops don't have an advantage over Hamas, and if Israel is forced to undertake a ground campaign, it will pay a heavy price in casualties and, subsequently, public opinion. He added that both Hamas and Hizbullah have done homework since the last major campaign and view luring Israel into a ground campaign as a strategy.
The reserves general said the current Hamas strategy is to aim a missile that will fall anywhere in Israel from a populated area, running out to the launcher and leaving quickly or risk being hit by an Israeli air strike. He called the use of the Iron Dome anti-missile system a turning point because it can tell which missiles it has to intercept in a high percentage of cases.