Several armored military vehicles carried on Sunday morning a limited invasion into Khan Youni, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The latest attack comes admits talks of a likely resumption of assassinations in the coastal region. Israeli Finance Minister called for â€śreoccupyingâ€ť Gaza and â€śeliminating Hamasâ€ť. Eyewitnesses reported that several armored vehicles and military bulldozers advanced 500 meters into the area, and that military bulldozers started uprooting trees and farmlands while the army opened fire in different directions.
Military bulldozers uprooted olive and almond trees in Um Al Mahed and Abu Tâ€™eima areas, in Khan Younis.
The invaded area is where Friday clashes took place; one resident was killed and thirteen others were wounded. Two Israeli soldiers were killed and three were wounded.
The latest developments came as Israelâ€™s military and political leaders are weighing the possibility of a massive attack against the Gaza Strip in addition to weighing the possibility of resuming Israelâ€™s illegal assassinations policies.
Israeli paper, Maariv, reported Sunday that Israelâ€™s military leadership believes that Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza benefited from the cease fire that followed
â€śOperation Cast Leadâ€ť offensive against the Gaza Strip a year ago January.
The paper added that this cease fire gave the resistance a chance to attack the Israeli army along the border with Gaza, such as the Friday attack that led to the death of three soldiers.
A number of military leaders said that the known policy of bombarding tunnels and â€śweapons storage facilities is not affective anymore and does not curb further attacksâ€ť.
Senior Israeli military leaders stated that the current situation requires the resumption of the assassination policy.
They are calling for assassinations targeting certain political and military leaders of Palestinian factions in Gaza, especially prominent figures.
The Israeli army believes that after the Friday attack and the killing of the soldiers, several leaders in Gaza went underground fearing Israelâ€™s retaliation.
The army estimates that those leaders would resume their activities in the future, therefore â€śthe army must prepare plans to assassinate themâ€ť, and should also bombard certain areas believes to be used by the resistance.
This includes tunnels, resistance training centers and areas believed to be weapons storage facilities, in addition to bombing the homes of political and military leaders of Hamas and other factions.
Israeli Finance Minister, Yuval Steinitz, called for â€śreoccupying Gazaâ€ť and to totally eliminate the authority of Hamas in the coastal region.
He said that reoccupying Gaza and eliminating Hamas, the ruling â€śpowerâ€ť on Gaza, are among the main scenarios that Israel might elect should other options fade.
Steinitz slammed what he called â€śthe U.S. pressure on Israelâ€ť, and claimed that Israel conducted acts of â€śgood willâ€ť towards the Palestinians by â€śgiving them the chance to improve their economyâ€ť and by â€śfreezing settlement activitiesâ€ť.