U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday directed U.S. military airstrikes in eastern Syria.
IDF Strikes Hamas Targets in Response to Rocket Fire
While Israel’s security intelligentsia do not forecast a war breaking out against Gaza’s terror groups any time soon, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are conceiving military plans that would cause significant damage to Hamas in case a war does ensue.
IDF Chief-of-Staff Aviv Kochavi set the military a goal to kill 300 Hamas militants, including other terror groups such as the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, per day, Hebrew-language daily Maariv reported Tuesday.
The plan, according to the report, is to disrupt enemy operations and aim to shorten the duration of combat -- unlike in previous operations in the Palestinian enclave, which lasted for more than a month.
The IDF has recently launched exercises to practice various war scenarios in the Gaza Strip, as the Israeli military assesses it could achieve the goals laid out by Kochavi.
While options of conquering the enclave, regaining control over it or collapsing Hamas’ rule are off the table, the IDF is assuming it could achieve a clear victory against the Islamist organization.
In recent days, reports broke that a breakthrough in negotiations between Israel and Hamas has been made in light of the coronavirus crisis escalating in Gaza. The talks involve a prisoner swap deal with several concessions that would see Jerusalem ease the blockade on the Gaza Strip.