About the Hamas attack on Israel - by Alexey Makarkin
1. The unprecedented attack by Hamas on Israeli cities with its demonstrative cruelty is a deliberate action that has been prepared for a long time. It is clear that Hamas was not initially focused on holding territories - it does not have sufficient resources for this. Hamas is not able to resist the Israeli army in open battle. He has other tasks.
2. Hamas's first task is to sow panic in Israeli society as a whole and among the settlers in the first place. The settlers are one of the pillars of the current government of Benjamin Netanyahu, the most right-wing cabinet in Israeli history. They are accustomed to living on the front line, but Israeli populated areas have never been subjected to direct massive attacks by armed militants capable of even briefly capturing part of the country's territory. Now Hamas is counting on the flight of many of them from their inhabited lands.
3. The second task is to take hostages and use them to your advantage to blackmail the Israeli government. Hamas remembers the story of Corporal Gilad Shalit, who was exchanged for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners. Now they have many more Israelis in their hands - both military (up to the major general who was among the settlers) and civilians.
4. The third goal is to delegitimize the Israeli government, presenting it as weak, ineffective and unable to cope with Hamas. War in the 21st century has a powerful information component, which Hamas takes full advantage of.
5. The fourth task is to gain the support of the Arab street, which rejoices when seeing footage of Hamas terror. Arab leaders are cautious, but they cannot ignore the sentiments of the masses, for whom Hamas are heroes. An inevitable harsh response from Israel is also included in the plan - it could undermine the normalization of Israel’s relations with Arab countries (diplomatic relations were established with some of them under Trump, and difficult negotiations with Saudi Arabia continue under Biden). Diplomatic combinations collapse during military operations.
6. The fifth objective is to strengthen the already close ties with Iran, which is the beneficiary of the Hamas attack. Lebanese Hezbollah is already threatening to intervene if Israel crushes Hamas (and it has no other choice). At the same time, Iran is consolidating society within the country - now oppositionists demanding regime change will be considered “Zionist agents.”
7. In Israeli society, the effect of “consolidation around the flag” works, as always in such cases. The opposition supports the government's actions regardless of what it thinks about its effectiveness - the public division over Netanyahu's judicial reform has temporarily lost its relevance. But the question arises about what to do next. Any powerful strikes on Hamas's military infrastructure during the already announced ground operation will not defeat the organization, which uses Gaza as its springboard. If you try to establish control over Gaza, you may face numerous risks - the resumption of a long intifada (and in the West Bank), new losses among the military, and the complete degradation of relations with Arab countries. And all this without taking into account the hostage factor.
8. After the end of the emergency (no one knows when this will happen now), there will be a “debriefing” - like after the Yom Kippur War of 1973, which, despite the victory, revealed the unpreparedness of the Israeli security forces for it. The consequence was the resignation of Golda Meir's government. Netanyahu and his ministers will also have to answer difficult questions about the work of security forces, including the intelligence services. And also why the Minister of National Security, the leader of the far right, Itamar Ben-Gvir, defiantly climbed the Temple Mount, despite the threats of Hamas and realizing that this was unacceptable not only for radicals, but also for moderate Arabs - and at the same time the security of the country’s population was not ensured.
An example of how the experience of combat in one part of the world is not always properly studied in another.
The footage shows completely unafraid Israeli artillery on the border with Lebanon, obviously not used to fighting an enemy of similar capabilities and receiving drone attacks in response.
Both self-propelled guns and auxiliary vehicles are concentrated in the general heap, and ammunition is dumped on the ground right next to the equipment.