The Israel Defense Forces started deploying combat units to surround Hamas’ main power base. The goal is not to chase after and destroy every last rocket launcher, but rather to break the Hamas’ resistance and force it to agree to a long-term cease-fire whose terms are more reasonable from Israel’s perspective.

Senior IDF officials reported that the Air Force was nearing the end of its “target bank” and that a ground operation must be launched immediately if the overall operational goals were to be met.

Read analysis of Israel invasion of Gaza at Haaretz.