The lines of clashes have widened between the resistance factions and the occupation forces that are trying to penetrate inside Gaza strip From 25 to about 30 kilometers in approximately 3 hours, which means that the Israeli advance is still in meters after 16 days of continuous ground attack, in the opinion of the military expert, Major General Fayez Al-Duwairi.
After failing to cross the 1,800-meter barrier in the northern Gaza Strip, for two weeks, the Israeli army began moving towards more vulnerable areas, such as the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood and Jabalia in the center, perhaps finding something to offer to internal public opinion, according to what Al-Duwairi said in an analysis for Al Jazeera.
On Saturday – the military expert says – the battles were taking place on Saturday morning within a range of 25 kilometers, including 6 kilometers inland, but by the end of the same day they expanded to about 30 kilometers, including approximately 12 kilometers inland.
According to Al-Duwairi, this Israeli stumble is due to the ferocity of the resistance, the violence of the confrontations on the ground, and its reliance on dealing from zero distances.
In addition, the incursion of the occupation forces into residential areas means a decline in the role of the air force and artillery in the battles because they flatten the ground before the incursion, but they do not bomb any place while the forces are there, according to the military expert.
Al-Duwairi believes that the current picture of the battles confirms that the buildings destroyed by the occupation have turned into cover for resistance fighters emerging from under the rubble. This prompted Israel to introduce explosive bombs with an impact depth of about 30 metres, in already devastated areas, according to him.
The dilemma of the Israeli army – in the opinion of the military expert – is that it entered with all its strength and equipment to confront groups that are not visible on the ground but lurk beneath them for hours in order to emerge at a specific moment within the limits of two or three individuals to finish off the opponent or die.
In another dimension, Israel is facing a financing crisis due to the great pressure that the call-up of 300,000 reserve soldiers imposes on its economy, because it is unable to bear this cost for the coming months, Al-Duwairi says.
According to the news, Israel requested loans amounting to about 6.5 billion dollars to finance the war, in addition to the 14.6 billion dollars that the United States allocated to support it.
Therefore – the military expert adds – Israel has no choice but to demobilize this reserve and thus weaken its combat capabilities and enter into a long-term war of attrition or achieve a quick decisive victory, which is unthinkable given its current capabilities.
As the fighting continues at its current pace, with its military and material losses, it may be subject to internal and external pressure to stop the fighting, according to Al-Duwairi.