So much for it being an impromptu response to a few impotent rocket attacks. The Israeli Genocidal attack was planned way in advance and with the full support of the Zionist puppets in Washington and London.
Global Research Editor’s Note
While the Western media remains silent and complicit, the Israeli Press (Haaretz) reveals the unspoken truth: the careful planning of a military operation entitled “Cast Lead” coupled with a media disinformation and diplomatic campaign. What we are witnessing is genocide. Let us be under no illusions, this operation was implemented with the knowledge and approval of Israeli’s allies.
Long-term planning, meticulous intelligence-gathering, secret discussions, visual deception tactics and disinformation preceded operation “Cast Lead” which the Israel Air Force launched yesterday in Gaza to take out Hamas targets in the Strip.
The disinformation effort, according to defense officials, took Hamas by surprise and served to significantly increase the number of its casualties in the strike.
Sources in the defense establishment said Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepare for the operation over six months ago, even as Israel was beginning to negotiate a ceasefire agreement with Hamas. According to the sources, Barak maintained that although the lull would allow Hamas to prepare for a showdown with Israel, the Israeli army needed time to prepare, as well. Advertisement
Barak gave orders to carry out a comprehensive intelligence-gathering drive which sought to map out Hamas’ security infrastructure, along with that of other militant organisations operating in the Strip.
This intelligence-gathering effort brought back information about permanent bases, weapon silos, training camps, the homes of senior officials and coordinates for other facilities.