How Israel’s Advanced Technology and Tactics Will Give It An Edge in an Upcoming Ground Attack on Gaza

  Recently, due to the escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict caused by attacks launched by Hamas, Israel quickly mobilized and assembled a large number of troops after being attacked, preparing to enter the Gaza Strip from the ground to completely eliminate the armed forces of the Hamas organization.
  Although the Israeli army has an absolute strength advantage and there is no suspense about victory or defeat, the Israeli soldiers will undoubtedly face a very complex battlefield. Militants who have been ambushing for a long time are waiting for the Israeli army to enter. They have a large number of tunnel bunkers to use, and A large number of anti-tank weapons and explosives were prepared. What’s even more troublesome is that not only do a large number of local civilians in the Gaza Strip have nowhere to go, Hamas forces also control many hostages taken from Israel, which makes offensive operations more inconvenient.
  On October 14, 2023 local time, Israel gave residents in northern Gaza 24 hours to leave their homes and head to the south to escape the fighting. Therefore, there are constant rumors that Israel will soon launch a ground attack on Gaza. However, in my personal judgment, Israel’s full-scale attack will not Start soon.
  Due to the sudden incident, even though Israel’s mobilization efficiency was very high and 300,000 reservists were recalled within one day, the reorganization, equipment distribution and familiarization of these troops, as well as pre-war mobilization, still took time. In addition, fire sweep before ground troops enter is also necessary. According to local news, in addition to dispatching its air force to attack hundreds of targets every day, Israel’s artillery is also constantly shelling targets in northern Gaza at half-minute intervals. The purpose of these attacks is not only to destroy Hamas targets that have been discovered, but also as a psychological warfare method to constantly tire and disturb the enemy, forcing local civilians to flee as soon as possible.
  This type of attack is a typical pre-war softening method for urban warfare, just like the use of shock bombs in anti-terrorism operations, leaving the opponent confused and unable to accurately judge the time to launch a real ground attack.
  In addition to tactical strikes, Israel has also implemented a siege policy on the Gaza Strip, cutting off water, electricity, and communications. This was not only intended to punish the local population but was also intended to affect Hamas’s military communications. Since Hamas is an organization that is inseparable from civilians and military, its communications rely heavily on civilian networks and mobile phone base stations. If its power and network communications are cut off, it will not only be difficult for Hamas armed personnel to charge their electronic devices, but they will also need to add additional communications. Means to ensure smooth communication during wartime. The delay in entering after cutting off the water and power grid is actually to wait for Hamas to activate the backup communication means to conduct subsequent electronic reconnaissance, and to master the frequency band, communication habits and encryption methods of Hamas’s backup communication, so that the Israeli military can launch attacks on the ground Then interfere or locate the communicator.
  Furthermore, the newly mobilized troops and active units still need to conduct some necessary pre-war drills to familiarize themselves with the predetermined battlefield environment and continuously improve the combat plan. Intelligence and reconnaissance units also need to conduct necessary pre-war reconnaissance to further grasp the real-time battlefield situation and enemy conditions. Whether it is technical reconnaissance, human reconnaissance or fire reconnaissance, it requires a lot of time and resources to complete.
  Based on the above technical laws of war, Israel’s full-scale attack on the Gaza Strip will require at least 2-6 weeks of pre-war preparation time. All current information about launching a ground attack is likely to be interference signals released by Israel.
  After Israel launched its ground attack, it certainly faced many challenges, among which the outside world was most concerned about Hamas’s tunnel warfare methods. There may be an entire city’s worth of tunnels and bunkers beneath the surface of Gaza, where Hamas can constantly evade Israeli ground fire.
  But Gaza is actually not as strong as the city fortresses such as Bahmut and Mariupol in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
  Modern war machines are extremely destructive, and only modern industrialized reinforced concrete structures can withstand artillery attacks to a certain extent. Ukraine is an industrialized country, and most of its buildings are built with modern construction techniques and can easily be transformed into fortresses that can withstand artillery fire.
  Most of the houses in the Gaza Strip are brick-concrete structures. Based on experience in blasting operations, brick-concrete structures are actually not very resistant to attacks by modern weapons. Large-caliber machine guns can even penetrate directly through the outer walls of brick-concrete houses. The internal wall fragments exploded during the penetration can even become anti-personnel shotguns.
  In addition, using wall-breaking bombs for blasting operations can easily open new attack channels on the opponent’s wall. The main reason why urban street fighting is terrifying is that the defender can concentrate its firepower in the killing traps set by itself. However, if the attacker can bypass the killing traps, the traps will be useless.
  As for the issue of tunnels, although tunnels can hide the traces of Hamas on weekdays, there are actually many means of detection and destruction of tunnels during wartime. To deal with tunnels in plain areas, you generally only need to control the ground first, then detect them through technical means, and destroy them with weapons such as cloud bombs. At the same time, you can also use cement trucks to grout all the detected entrances and exits. If Hamas cannot gain a foothold on the ground and simply takes shelter in the tunnels, the Israeli army can easily destroy the tunnels.
  Israel also has a capability that has not been seen in past wars, which is the world’s first-class design and manufacturing capabilities of cruise missiles, drones and unmanned combat robots. Israel was the first country to use cruise missiles in war, and it is still the leader in the research and development of this technology. Even the U.S. military is purchasing Israeli-made cruise missiles to equip the army. Although Israel suffered heavy losses from Hamas drone attacks in previous attacks, in future operations, Israel’s loitering bombs, drones and combat robots may attack in full. Even though Hamas has learned to use drones to deal with tanks, it does not have the corresponding anti-drone and loitering missile capabilities. The ground attack will inevitably be accompanied by the reconnaissance and surveillance of a large number of drones and the attack of loitering missiles. This is Russia and Ukraine. A capability that neither Russia nor Ukraine has on the battlefield.
  In any case, Israel’s ground attack will be a joint attack of sea, air, ground and unmanned systems, which will undoubtedly give the outside world an opportunity to peek into new tactics for urban combat in future wars.