In Hamas, they don’t as yet realize it, but “it’s over for them.” The IDF is moving steadily, relentlessly, to smash what Defense Minister Yoav Gallant describes as “the biggest terror base” in the world. Israel will not allow Hamas to regroup through a “ceasefire.” It will not submit to pressure from anyone — not the UN, not the Pope, not Vladimir Putin, not Ayatollah Khamenei, not Rashida Tlaib or Linda Sarsour or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. What it has already accomplished is staggering.
Yaakov Lappin gives a detailed summary of the first month’s achievements here:
by Yaakov Lappin, JNS, November 7, 2023:
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said in a televised address to the nation on Tuesday that “Gaza is the biggest terror base built by man.”
“The whole of Gaza is a terrorism base,” Gallant added, noting that Hamas chief Yahya Sinwar is hiding in his bunker, “out of touch with his surroundings.”
There will be no humanitarian pauses for Gaza before Israelis held hostage are returned, the minister vowed.
The Israel Defense Forces is operating against Hamas in the heart of Gaza City for the first time in decades, IDF Southern Command chief Maj. Gen. Yaron Finkelman said on Tuesday….
Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, IDF spokesman, reiterated on Tuesday night that there would be no ceasefire, as the military presses on with its ground offensive.
“Hamas terrorists tell themselves that there will be a truce. There won’t be one. We are moving forward,” Hagari said. He added that the IDF has struck more than 14,000 targets in Gaza, destroyed more than 100 tunnel entrances and captured 4,000 weapons….
The IDF seized 375 automatic rifles in recent days in Gaza, some with grenade launchers, 43 heavy machine guns, 1,493 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and grenades, 427 bomb belts, 760 rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), 360 cartridges, 98 rockets, five anti-aircraft missiles, three anti-tank missiles, computers, phones and 167 maps, according to Hecht.
Discussing humanitarian efforts, Hecht said the Salah Al-Din route, which goes to the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, was open on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a temporary closure at 11 a.m. due to Hamas firing near the road. It subsequently reopened.
These efforts serve the IDF’s goal of dismantling Hamas by moving civilians south, bringing in humanitarian assistance and focusing on closing in on Hamas in Gaza City….
Col. (res.) Itamar Yaar, former deputy head of the National Security Council and director of commanders for Israel’s security, told journalists on a Tuesday call that the Israeli war effort has been mostly in line with plans drawn up after the Oct. 7 attacks.
Israel updated and adapted existent plans after Oct. 7, with two weeks of preparation and massive air strikes and special forces raids, he said.
The past two weeks “are going according to the plans and the IDF achieved most of it expected to achieve in this period of time,” Yaar added. “It means the IDF is not in a real hurry. The plans mean that they go step by step, and use operational field intelligence, information that they get from software and hardware that they find in the tunnels, buildings.” He added that they also use information from captured Hamas terrorists.
“The IDF is destroying every building and site that it sees fire coming from—at ground forces, aircraft and rockets and missiles,” Yaar said. Ground forces are also demolishing buildings that they have identified as containing threats.
Bulldozers are highly active as part of this operation—lessons learned from the First Lebanon War in 1982, Yaar said. “This also causes tunnels to collapse and much of what is underground collapsing through the use of bulldozers.”
Hamas terrorists have yet to understand that it’s “over for them, and it’s only a matter of time until they’re dead,” he added. “There are still people in Gaza City that you need to fight one by one or capture them.”…
That’s a lot to have accomplished in roughly the last two weeks. And now we learn that the head of Hamas, Yahya Sinwar, is sitting in a bunker, surrounded by IDF soldiers, and all of his communications with the outside world have now been cut off. He is no doubt wondering if the end is nigh. He won’t, of course, be taken alive. His death will be a colossal blow to Hamas, that is already reeling from an assault of such ferocity that it never imagined could happen.
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