Israel is preparing for war in the Gaza Strip. This may not seem noteworthy, considering Israel has reinforced its border with Gaza several times this year already. But some statements are difficult to ignore. Israel Defense Forces recently said they would dispatch “large numbers of reinforcements in the coming days” to beef up security at the border and that additional Iron Dome air defense systems will be deployed in southern Israel. A spokesman for the defense minister’s office said the IDF had also been ordered to maintain “maximum preparedness.” Ynet published an interview with a Hamas leader who said he opposed war but considered it inevitable, so degraded had the conditions in Gaza become. A less ominous sign is that the defense minister himself threatened Hamas. Israel usually doesn’t advertise its intentions, so it’s possible all this is performative. Even so, the troop rotations and the Iron Dome deployments have our attention.
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