If the past is any indicator, expect an explosion of anti-Semitism from the left as Israel’s confrontation with Hamas escalates.
The security cabinet has voted to call up some 40,000 reservists in preparation of a possible ground operation in Gaza Strip as part of Operation Protective Edge, hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the military to “take off the gloves” in its confrontation with Hamas.
Netanyahu placed responsiblity for the current round of fighting on Hamas, and said “Hamas chose escalation and it will pay a heavy price for it.”
Senior political sources close to Netanyahu said he has ordered the defense establishment to conduct a “continuous, long and forceful operation in Gaza.”
The decision to call up reservists was taken at the request of IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, and is intended to allow reservists to take over part of the duties currently being fulfilled by conscripted soldiers, who will now avail themselves to the operation itself.
According to the source, Netanyahu told the IDF to go “all the way,” saying “a ground operation was currently on the table.” According to them, such an operation was far from certain, but that the operation’s goal was to increase deterrence and deal Hamas a significant blow.