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Gaza war – Decisive 48 hours? Live Updates and Video

Gaza war – Decisive 48 hours? Live Updates and Video

Will cancellation of flights into Ben-Gurion Airport lead to increased military firepower, or diplomatic solution?

Given the cancellation of flights into and out of Ben-Gurion Int’l Airport at the urging of the FAA backed up by the White House, many are predicting it’s likely that the next day or two will be decisive — either militarily or diplomatically.

Anshel Pfeffer at Haaretz writes that the airport shutdown may lead to a heavier Israeli military strike:

This may prove to be a game-changer in a conflict which is now entering its third week. It could provide further impetus for the government in seeking a speedy ceasefire with Hamas, but that seems doubtful.

Even a partial suspension of operations at Ben-Gurion is a major coup for Hamas, which has been so starved of any real achievements that they are pretending to have captured an IDF soldier who was almost certainly killed on Saturday night, though his remains have yet to be identified. Accepting Hamas’ terms for a ceasefire now is unthinkable. It is much more likely that, faced with the prospect of more rockets cutting Israel off from the international air routes, the government will be inclined to order a much more devastating blow, a wider ground operation to occupy the rocket-launching sites or even directed at Hamas’ underground headquarters, with dreadful implications for the people of Gaza living above.

Times of Israel analyst Avi Issacharoff argues, in Worse may yet lie ahead, that Hamas, while talking tough, is in trouble:

Until a couple of days ago, most Gazans were supporting Hamas — that is, supporting the fighting. The battling in Shejaiya changed that to some extent. “Enough of this; we’re exhausted,” Gazans say in phone conversations now. Every few minutes there’s another Israeli attack, and more death. The atmosphere is one of despair. Eid al-Fitr, the celebratory end of Ramadan, is on Sunday. The killings of 27 Israeli soldiers and the possible capture of one more (likely dead) does not amount to sufficient comfort.

Hence the trap. Hamas will find it hard to end the fighting without a significant achievement. But such an achievement — the opening of the borders, for instance — is not at hand. Egypt has no desire to come to its aid. Israel has no intention of freeing prisoners.

And so after quite a few bad days for Israel and for Gaza, worse days still seem to lie ahead.

We will keep track of any developments overnight and into tomorrow and update this post.

You can follow the events at the live video and Twitter feeds at the bottom of the post.

Israeli troop morale appears to be high. See the video posted yesterday of Israeli soldiers on combat break singing “the nation of Israel will never give up.

The Druse commander of the elite Golani Brigade, who was wounded in combat, has returned to the field:

The IDF also released this video of the killing of Hamas infiltrators dressed in IDF uniforms:

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Does the suspension of flights mean that Secretary of State John Kerry can’t land in Israel. That will make it tougher to bluster, threaten and try to strong arm Israel.

The IDF will win as long as they don’t use the Obama rules of disengagement.
G-d help them.

Bruno Lesky | July 22, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Prof. Jacobson: “Will cancellation of flights into Ben-Gurion Airport lead to increased military firepower, or diplomatic solution?”

It depends on what the “diplomatic solution” is. Probably will suck if it involves Ban and Kerry ….

Like Rush Limbaugh always says, “There will be no peace without victory”.

Come on, Israel! Hand out iodine tablets. Then do it.

The second the UN and the Obama administration start calling for an immediate ceasefire, you know Hamas is in trouble.

Howard Roark | July 23, 2014 at 1:37 am

Can I point out to all the Israel / IDF haters (who we so often see in the media)that one of the IDFs most brave brigades- the Golani Brigade has a Druse Commander…and the Druse are Arabs. Let that sink in. Arabs have full civil rights in The Jewish State.

For all the haters who claim Israel is racist against Arabs in the Jewish state if one is loyal to the state one can belong no matter their ethnicity.

I’m old enough to remember when Leftys claimed to be for multi-ethnic states and societies.


May the IDF achieve victory over Hamas to the point of an Hamas unconditional surrender.

rabid wombat | July 23, 2014 at 2:03 am

finish it.

BannedbytheGuardian | July 23, 2014 at 4:21 am

I am following but not commenting . Must be terrible to be Jewish in East Ukraine in one war & with relatives In this war .

No one else across the media / blogs have mentioned this very distinct likelihood .

I am thinking of them especially .