compiled by Cem Ertür
26 December 2008
1) IDF gets green light to strike Hamas after rocket barrage
2) Preparing for a possible confrontation with Hizbullah
excerpts from: IDF gets green light to strike Hamas after rocket barrage
by Yaakov Katz, Jerusalem Post, 24 December 2008
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday night that he had ordered the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] to prepare itself to deliver a “response” to the rocket attacks… Defense officials said the IDF now had approval for a number of operations that would likely include heavy air strikes against Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets, as well as pinpoint ground operations against terrorist infrastructure.
excerpts from: Preparing for a possible confrontation with Hizbullah
by Yaakov Katz, Jerusalem Post, 11 December 2008
To prepare for another possible war with Hizbullah, the IDF has also drawn up operational plans that it believes will succeed in ending the battle – with a clear and decisive victory – in four or five days, not like last time.
In general terms, the plan consists of two stages. The first: to strike hard at Hizbullah infrastructure from the air, and to hope that this is devastating enough to force Hizbullah to end the war…. The second: to conduct a massive ground attack, probably up to the Litani River, the area where most of Hizbullah’s short-range Katyusha rockets are believed to be deployed.
“In the last war, we made a distinction between Hizbullah targets and Lebanese national targets,” a senior IDF general told the Post. “Now that Hizbullah is in the government – with veto power in the cabinet – there is no longer a reason to make this distinction, since a Hizbullah attack against Israel is essentially a Lebanese attack against Israel.” … “No village will be immune,” explained the senior general. “We will give them about a 12-hour warning, and then strike back.”