Within the hours and days after the 7 October assaults on Israel, the sense coming from the Israeli navy and authorities was of an imminent floor invasion to avenge the bloodbath of their folks.
Whether or not the decision-makers have taken a collective pause for breath, or whether or not worldwide stress has compelled them to decelerate, the much-promised floor invasion hasn’t but occurred.
As a substitute, over current successive nights we have seen restricted incursions, based mostly on particular targets, with Israeli troopers exiting Gaza earlier than the solar rises.
It is an efficient technique and will run for quite a few days longer.
By altering the purpose of entry and coming in at totally different angles, together with by sea, Israel is conserving Hamas guessing.
Every time they go into the Gaza Strip, they destroy infrastructure, map out routes, assess the setting and collect very important intelligence.
Little by little, the IDF is pushing into Gaza – do not be stunned if there isn’t any “huge second” of invasion, however reasonably a gradual and deliberate rise within the tempo of operations.
The slower build-up to a bigger floor invasion is not going to simply have taken the broader watching world without warning, however Hamas too.
That can begin to affect morale, as many fighters can be hiding under floor, dwelling off frayed nerves and little else because the Israeli air drive flattens the bottom above.
Sooner or later, Israeli forces might want to go road by road, home by home.
Then, the hazard of ambush, booby traps and snipers will enhance considerably, however these earlier incursions are designed to restrict that danger, insofar as attainable.