Sat 02 Dec 2023 4:04 pm - Jerusalem Time

Yedioth Ahronoth: Israel changes combat tactics in Gaza at American request

The Israeli occupation army has made a change in combat tactics in the current phase of its war on the Gaza Strip, specifically in the south of the Strip, according to what a prominent Israeli military commentator said on Saturday.

Ron Ben Yishai, chief military commentator in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, said that the occupation army is now adopting a combat approach based on carrying out special operations carried out by elite units and trying to "surprise" the Hamas movement, while reducing reliance on air strikes and artillery shelling.

Although 170 Palestinians were killed and hundreds more injured yesterday, after the end of the truce, Ben Yishai wrote in an analysis published on the newspaper’s website today, Saturday, that the change made by the occupation army to combat tactics came at the request of the American administration, which urged to reduce the level of Harming Palestinian civilians.

According to the Israeli commentator, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called on the occupation leadership not to bomb Palestinian homes from the air and destroy them on the heads of their residents, as well as not to harm the infrastructure related to water, electricity, sewage, and hospitals in the Strip, in addition to continuing to allow humanitarian aid to enter during the war.

It is noteworthy that the occupation army continues to destroy homes on top of their residents in all areas of the Gaza Strip.

Ben Yishai pointed out that Israel rejects calls for a ceasefire with the aim of continuing negotiations in order to agree on more prisoner exchange deals, as it insists that negotiations can continue in light of the continuation of its war on Gaza.

He explained that Occupation Security Minister Yoav Galant convinced his government of the necessity of continuing military operations with full force in order to achieve the war goal of eliminating the Hamas movement.

Ben Yishai claimed that the occupation army will use lighter bombs and ammunition in its raids inside the Gaza Strip at the request of the Americans, noting that the occupation army is heading to try to “surprise” the Hamas movement with special operations in the southern area of the Strip in a way that it has not done in the north.

He pointed out that the occupation army took steps to reduce the number of deaths and injuries among its soldiers due to "friendly fire" fired by their colleagues as a result of the inability to identify them during battles.

He noted that the occupation army has come to the conclusion that, unlike previous wars, the special units must work alongside the infantry brigades penetrating the targeted areas of the Gaza Strip, given that cooperation between these two military sectors leads to achieving the results of its operations.

The Israeli commentator pointed out that the occupation army concluded that slow progress in the Gaza Strip contributes to harming the "enemy's" capabilities to a greater extent than rapid military operations.

He highlighted that military estimates in Tel Aviv indicate that the leadership of the Hamas movement, including the leadership of its military wing, the “Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades,” is present in the southern Gaza Strip, and that this leadership controls what is happening in the northern Gaza Strip, noting that all indications indicate that the fighting spirit of the movement’s fighters is Hamas did not back down, and this is what prompted the occupation army to refuse to agree to a ceasefire.

The fighting spirit of Hamas fighters has not diminished, and this is what prompts the occupation army to refuse to agree to a ceasefire

Regarding the confrontation with Hezbollah, Ben Yishai explained that the data available to Israel indicate that the party’s “Radwan Unit” was not affected by the military strikes directed by the occupation army, in response to the launching of rockets, missiles, and marches from southern Lebanon.

Ben Yishai confirms that the Mini-Ministerial Council for War Affairs in Tel Aviv is still adopting the approach of “resistance aimed at not pushing towards the outbreak of a comprehensive confrontation with Hezbollah, and at the same time it is working to prepare the ground for reaching new security arrangements along the border with Lebanon after the war on Gaza approaches from its end.

The Chief of Staff of the occupation army was quoted as saying to the heads of the settlement councils in northern Israel that Israel will not allow Hezbollah fighters to return to stationing along the border.

Israel seems determined to force Hezbollah to respect Security Council Resolution 1701, on the basis of which the Second Lebanon War ended in 2006, and obliges the party’s fighters not to be present south of the Litani River, and the occupation army is not prepared to rely on international peacekeeping forces in southern Lebanon, as Ben Yishai added. .


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Yedioth Ahronoth: Israel changes combat tactics in Gaza at American request