30 Aug '14, 8pm

Israel Credits 'Gloves Off' Targeting for Latest Cease-fire in Gaza

Israel Credits 'Gloves Off' Targeting for Latest Cease-fire in Gaza

TEL AVIV — After 11 collapsed cease-fires in 50 days of war, Israel had to employ “extraordinary escalation,” a general officer here said, to force Hamas to accept the latest Egyptian-brokered truce that promises to end Operation Protective Edge. The officer, a member of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) General Staff, said Israel may never know what event or convergence of factors compelled Hamas to accept an Aug. 26 truce whose terms were “virtually identical” to those offered in the first days of the war. Operationally, he surmised it was a string of “spectacular airstrikes” leveling at least three luxury towers that followed “high-value” killings of senior Hamas leaders that triggered the turning point in Israel’s longest single operation since the 1948 war of independence. “We were able to document in real time how these people or places were used to wage terror attacks...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140830/DEFREG04/3083...

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