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He'll also launch an international propaganda offensive. He plans "to conduct a large ground offensive against the coastal region." He needs Israeli and international community support.

On November 12, Israel National News headlined "PM: Israel Ready to Fight for Defense of the South," saying:

"Indications are that Israel would begin a military campaign against Gaza Arab terrorists sooner rather than later, analysts said."

Official propaganda manipulates public opinion by claiming terrorists threaten Israelis. Netanyahu said "the whole world understands that this is not acceptable." 

People paying attention, of course, know Israel bears full responsibility. Claiming Israel can "take whatever action" it wishes doesn't wash. Netanyahu and other Israeli officials try to package naked aggression as self-defense. 

The argument wore thin long ago. Nonetheless, he'll likely convince enough people to believe war with Gaza is good. Most Israelis are as much out of the loop as Americans. International leaders say nothing. Most offer support.

On November 12, Haaretz headlined "Israel will avoid Gaza war but may mull Hamas assassinations," saying:

Gaza is Netanyahu's "main problem." He plans confronting it with harsher measures. Targeted killings are most likely. Ahead of January elections, he wants to look tough.

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His options are "limited." Diplomatic reality today is different than pre-Cast Lead. Syria is embroiled in conflict. Morsi replaced Mubarak in Egypt. Perhaps Western nations may tire of Israel's belligerence. No sign of it showed up so far.

Assassinations are simpler than war. Israel has lots of experience with both. Egypt's been trying to broker a ceasefire. Hamas and other Gazan resistance groups will respond defensively to Israeli aggression.

Assassinations assure escalated responses. Perhaps Israel wants them as justification for larger-scale aggression. Haaretz said when Israel attacks Gaza, "civilian communities" are targeted.

Hamas plans meeting with other resistance groups Monday evening. Responding to Israeli aggression will be discussed.

Israel's Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter said Israeli deterrence will have to be reshaped to "leave no doubt." He barely stopped short of declaring war.

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Netanyahu, those around him, and IDF commanders alone know for sure what's planned or considered. Given longstanding Israeli belligerence, expect conflict, not diplomatic resolution.

A Final Comment

On November 6 in Istanbul, four ex-IDF commanders stood trial in absentia for murder and related crimes. 

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