The Israeli military says it’s prepared for the subsequent stage of its struggle on the besieged Gaza Strip.
Israel has gathered lots of of hundreds of troops forward of its floor invasion of Gaza.
However Hamas is more likely to be prepared for them.
Tens of hundreds of fighters have had time to arrange traps and ambushes.
With the battle about to enter a harmful new part, fears are rising for civilians caught within the crossfire – together with concern the struggle may unfold past the territory.
So, what does Israel stand to achieve from an incursion into Gaza?
Presenter: James Bays
Elias Hanna – retired Lebanese army basic
Elijah Magnier – army analyst who has lined conflicts within the Center East for greater than 30 years
Lawrence Korb – former United States assistant secretary of defence