IMRA Weekly Commentary..
20 April '16..
Dear Gen. Eyal Zamir - Southern Command
Today you claimed that Hamas is "deterred" by its experience in the last round and then noted that Hamas is preparing for the next conflict.
I sincerely hope that you said that only for public consumption.
Because if you genuinely believe that Hamas is deterred then this indicates that you and the people briefing you are profoundly clueless.
As you yourself noted, Hamas is preparing for the next war.
And thanks to the "quiet for quiet" arrangement with Israel, they are preparing for the next round under ideal conditions.
They can openly train forces for the next round - today they even had a live fire exercise - confident that the IDF won't interfere.
They can openly develop, test and manufacture weapons - confident that the IDF won't interfere.
They can even fly various platforms practicing in earnest for the day that these platforms will cross into Israel - confident that the IDF won't interfere.
No. Hamas is not deterred. They are patient.
I daresay that when I compare the behavior of Israel to that of Hamas that we are the deterred party.
You say that we will respond, when that day comes, with a broad, deep and strong response.
I most certainly hope that that is the case.
And it doesn't require access to top secret reports to identify what will be most certainly a very simple indication of just how broad, deep and strong the IDF's response is in the next round.
And that is if the IDF succeeds in destroying vital targets protected by a difficult civilian cover such as a hospital.
Far be it from me to claim that this is an easy challenge.
But with all of our special forces, technology and intelligence I am confident that we are up to this challenge.
The next round we have to get it right.
And its your job to make it happen.
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