According to Haaretz, Israel is sending in observers/ambassadors to Gaza in order to make its push for int’l legitimacy to its coming mass offensive in Gaza.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak (former PM) has promised to extricate Hamas’ control of Gaza within a year. The Israelis are seeking to end Qassam rockets into Israel from Gaza.
An offensive into Gaza will be bloody, lots of civilian deaths and Hamas I fear will not so easily be broken. They may temporarily disperse from power, luring IDF into guerrilla urban war, and then start to use suicide bombing and other tactics of 5th Generational open-source war. Hamas is also a very shrewd manipulator of the media landscape.
With the recent closing of the broken walls between Egypt and Gaza, the energy seeking to be released from Gaza has been focused within, and now comes word of an Israeli invasion within the year. Such a move only further antagonizes the autocratic Egyptian government from the Arab streets. The gov’t is seen as backing the hated Israelis over the oppressed Palestinians.
Israel is headed to an extremely dark phase becoming more and more I worry a de-moralized occupier. This could get very ugly very quickly.