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I have seen estimates that Hamas has between 15,000 to 20,000 fighters available in Gaza. An article in Ha'aretz titled "IDF recommends major, but brief Gaza ground offensive" states that 9,000 reservists had been called up for this operation. If that is all the troops you have to commit, this offensive will fail. It is a basic premise in warfare that any assaulting force should have a three-t0-one numerical advantage. I know you have firepower, but they will be dug in and conducting a defense in depth. There will be a lot of casualties on both sides. Since this is just a "surge," you won't hold any ground or stop any rockets. I think you can get a truce, if you don't target Hamas or the other groups. We have had a truce with North Korea since 1953. A rose by any other name smells as sweet?