Israel is preparing for a ground invasion into Gaza, instructing 1.1 million people in the north to move south within 24 hours and deploying tens of thousands of troops, tanks, and artillery on the border. However, sending ground forces into densely populated urban areas is a perilous operation, and the scope of the potential ground assault remains unclear.Israel is preparing for a ground assault on Gaza, with the first task being to establish a unity government to gain public support.
Recent diplomatic visits by senior US and European politicians have helped shore up international support, but this could change as the war continues and civilian casualties increase. Significant Israeli military casualties will test the nation’s resolve. Israel has already massed its forces near the border with Gaza, with 300,000 reservists and a standing force of over 160,000. Israel’s warning to Palestinians to flee south signals the imminent next phase of its military operation.