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What does Israel expect to achieve by attacking Gaza with a large land force, following 10 days of attacking the territory from the air and suffering Palestinian counter-attacks by far less effective small rockets?That is because Israelis and Palestinians are waging war in three dimensions, not only in military terms, and Israel's short-term triumph in all three domains now seems to be tilting towards Palestinian advantages.The deeper dilemma for Israel is that lawn mowing as a long-term strategy is not feasible (let alone morally defensible) because of the deterioration of Israel's former advantageous position in the two other realms of this conflict.Israeli military assaults like the one in Gaza these days cause Israel to lose ground in all three domains of this war, because they ultimately enhance Palestinian military resistance, sharpen global pressure against Israel's disproportionate military savagery, and, most importantly, deepen the nationalist identity and will to struggle for justice among all Palestinians, especially those children in Gaza who will grow up with a single aim in life: to vanquish colonial Zionism.
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