Israeli Tactics in the Gaza War

[TIME] Tim McGirk and Aaron J. Klein - Several senior Israeli officers provided a detailed account of the recent military campaign in Gaza. "There was never a single incident in which a unit of Hamas confronted our soldiers," one Israel Defense Forces official says. "We kept waiting for them to use sophisticated anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles against us, but they never did." The Israeli military reported only four attempts by suicide bombers instead of the dozens they had feared. "Hamas and Hizbullah are worried that Israel has broken the DNA code of urban fighting," says reserve Brig. Gen. Shalom Harari. Officers say that Hamas had prepared a defensive wall using "hundreds of explosives, mines and booby-traps." But Israeli forces, avoiding the main roads, were able to go around it, then methodically dismantled Hamas' defenses.

2009-02-06 06:00:00

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