IDF activity in the Gaza Strip. November 23, 2023/IDF Spokesperson
IDF General Staff generals believe that the Israeli government will not be able to reach agreements with Hamas mediated by Qatar, despite heavy American pressure, and call for continued ground maneuvers after the ceasefire ends in order to "complete the goals of the war." It is estimated that on Saturday the IDF will resume using live ammunition against terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip.
According to senior military sources, "At this stage, the IDF holds and controls about 45% of the territory of the Gaza Strip, which has been nicknamed 'Israeli Gaza.' The Gaza Strip has security from the border line within at least 1-1.5 kilometers. These days, more underground Hamas capabilities are being exposed in Israeli-controlled territory, and the IDF is preventing Palestinians from returning to their homes, especially when Hamas terrorists are trying to hide among them."
"The IDF controls almost half of the Gaza Strip, which has been dubbed 'Israeli Gaza.'" IDF Activity in the Gaza Strip/IDF Spokesperson
The senior IDF sources also said that the army "must undoubtedly complete the goals of the war. This is not a question. There is another 45% of the area that has a Hamas center of gravity. The IDF must kill the Hamas leadership, headed by Yahya Sinwar. The second center is the infrastructure in Khan Yunis and Rafah, with an emphasis on Khan Yunis, including the metro that leads to the city."
Some in the defense establishment claim that Sajaiya "did not receive the important and necessary root canal treatment to remove threats from it to the Israeli home front."
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Requires new treatment to prevent smuggling. Trucks entering the Gaza Strip through the Rafah/Reuters crossing
In addition, the senior sources said, "Contrary to what was claimed in the past, the Philadelphi route did not constitute the bulk of the weapons smuggling into the Gaza Strip, but rather the Rafah and Kerem Shalom crossings. When examining the weapons, armaments, missiles and military equipment, it is already clear to us what came and from where. There is quite a bit of local production, so there was a major occupation in destroying production capabilities. This happened before the ceasefire."
The sources noted that over the past week the IDF has mapped quite a few underground systems and terrorist infrastructure, including the collection of intelligence documents, computers and communications systems that greatly help the IDF build a much sharper intelligence picture of Hamas in preparation for the ground maneuvers in the central and southern Gaza Strip. The sources stressed that Rafah Crossing and its area require new treatment to prevent weapons smuggling in the future.
In conclusion, the sources stressed that there is an urgent operational necessity to deal with the other half of the "Palestinian Gaza," otherwise the threat to the Israeli home front will return faster than what the political echelon thinks.
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