Israel's disastrous unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in August 2005 faces possible reversal with the Israeli army's re-entry into Gaza in July 2014.
Israel's decision to take the gloves off came after 1381 rockets had been indiscriminately fired from Gaza into Israeli population centres over a period of ten days with Hamas then rejecting a ceasefire proposed by Egypt – but accepted by Israel.
An attempted Hamas raid from the sea - caught on video during this criminal rocket bombardment - had reached Israel's Zikim Beach - culminating in five Hamas terrorists being killed and one Israeli soldier wounded.
However Israel's military spokesman described the final tipping point - again captured on video -
Earlier today, the IDF identified around 13 Palestinians who had infiltrated Israel through a tunnel dug from Gaza. The tunnel began in the southern Gaza Strip and its exit was near Kibbutz Sufa in Israel. The terrorists were heavily armed with RPGs and assault rifles and were prepared to carry out a massacre. The IDF foiled their attack, saving countless Israeli lives.
Until a cease fire is inevitably declared - Israel is now proceeding to destroy the network of tunnels running under Gaza – capturing or immobilizing the large number of rockets and armaments stored in Gaza - and killing any terrorists attacking them from the myriad number of terrorist groups operating in Gaza.
What will happen when the hostilities cease?
Israel cannot possibly return to the situation that has prevailed since Israel's 2005 disengagement from Gaza – that has seen 11000 rockets and missiles indiscriminately fired into Israeli civilian areas and triggered two Israeli incursions into Gaza in 2008 and 2012.
Amid the current turmoil enveloping Gaza - one pertinent question from the 2005 disengagement remains unanswered:
Were the 8000 Jews "expelled" or were they "evacuated" from Gaza and Northern Samaria as a result of Israel's 2005 withdrawal?
The answer has a vital bearing on determining who gets sovereignty of those areas.
The language used by Israel's government in 2004/2005 spoke of "evacuation" and "disengagement" - whilst an outraged opposition spoke of "expulsion".
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