IDF: NEXT GAZA WAR WILL BE SHORT BUT DEAL ‘MASSIVE BLOW’ TO HAMAS
The next war with terror groups in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip will be shorter than Protective Edge and will see the Israeli army deal a massive blow to Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).
The IDF has faced increasing criticism following allegations by former military ombudsman Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Brick who warned that the military, especially the ground forces, are not prepared for a large-scale war.
But the military says it has learned the lessons from the over 50-day Operation Protective Edge in 2014 as well as the numerous rounds of violence over the past year, adding that it has the capabilities and intelligence to inflict severe damage to terrorist groups in a short amount of time should a war break out.
The military has also increased the number of PIJ and Hamas targets which will be struck in the next campaign.
In one of his first visits as chief of staff, Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi went to the Southern Command, met with senior officers and approved operational plans for war, including setting up a centralized administrative unit to prepare a list of potential targets in Gaza in case a war should break out.