"“We have decided to intensify even further our attacks on Hamas and other terror organizations in Gaza,” Netanyahu said in a text message, as barrages of rockets from Gaza reached as far as 88 miles (142 kilometers) into Israeli territory. “The military is prepared for all options.”
Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz spoke explicitly of a possible ground offensive and reoccupation of Gaza, which Israel evacuated in 2005 after 38 years. Authorities yesterday authorized a call-up of 40,000 reservists, and tanks are massed along the border with Gaza.
Israel’s air force, backed by the navy, ramped up weeks of attacks on Gaza yesterday, with the declared intent of ending the rocket bombardments that began last month. The worst fighting since November 2012 follows the collapse of U.S.-led peace talks in April and the recent killings of Palestinian and Israeli teenagers, further dimming any chance of renewing negotiations soon." Bloomberg
Sisi and Bibi seem to have similar programs. Sisi is in the process of setting back the Islamists' clock in Egypt through the mechanism of extermination. He is operating on the principle of "Dead Men Don't Bite." I doubt that he believes that this process will permanently expunge Islamism from Egypt but he thinks, as I do, that this will mightily impede the phenomenon.
Bibi seems intent on exterminating Hamas. The US under Obama has not been sufficiently docile and obedient. Kerry actually criticized Israel over the collapse of the peace talks and Obama just does not know his place.
IMO Israel's internal inhibitions against massive violence against "Arabs" has been suspended through massive media manipulation and anti-Palestinian propaganda. The only restraining factor on Israeli behavior now is their perennial fear of Jewish casualties. There are non-Jews in the IDF, Druze mainly, but I suppose that concern extends to them as well.
To miminize IDF casualties, the coming ground invasion will employ maximum firepower.
Caliph Ibrahim is now giving the Shia of Iraq much the same treatment. He is also reported to have begun the process of rounding up Baathists and veterans of Saddam's army to give them the opoortunity to acknowledge his authority. This will accelerate the disintegration of his cooperation with the same groups and the tribes. pl