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TEL AVIV – The next war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip will be shorter but harsher than 2014’s Operation Protective Edge, and will deal a “massive blow” to terror groups in the coastal enclave, the IDF said Thursday.
The comments come amid concerns about the IDF’s operational preparedness after former military ombudsman Maj. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Brick alleged that the army, especially its ground forces, was not prepared for a large-scale war.
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The military said that it had learned the lessons of the 50-day summer conflict in 2014 as well as the dozen spikes in violence over the past year, and that in the event of a war, it now had the necessary capabilities and intelligence to inflict major damage on Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in a short space of time.
The IDF has also increased its hit list of terror targets for the next round of conflict.
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On Wednesday, the IDF wrapped up a four-day drill in the Gaza envelope that included ground troops, combat helicopters and...
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