Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza
I have to say, the only way any of this make sense if is Israel's national project is to drive the Palestinians out of Gaza and the West Bank -- one way or another; DCBlogger found the right video on that the other day. Not today, not tomorrow, but in the lifetime of the current political class. 
Israeli military says goal of offensive is "to target Hamas tunnels that enable terrorists to infiltrate Israel" http://t.co/WE5mnYtnBS
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) July 17, 2014
It appears Israeli ground invasion has started. All journos in Gaza have been told to congregate at one hotel where safe. Feels odd.
— Patrick Martin (@globepmartin) July 17, 2014
(Either "safe," or sitting ducks.)
All of this foofra from the Israeli army is plain rationalization that has never worked in the past, witness Hezbollah. So the purpose is the evident result: Suffering and death, and the natural human tendency to flee, when such are inflicted upon them.
By my count, there are at least 5 infantry brigades, backed by armour, drones, navy, artillery, & led by combat engineers going into #Gaza.
— Daniel Nisman (@DannyNis) July 17, 2014
It seems communications with UN colleagues in #Gaza have been cut. I have no information independent of media sources. Very worrying RT
— Chris Gunness (@ChrisGunness) July 17, 2014
Reports of Al Wafa hospital shelling worrying - patients we saw v dependent on constant medical care, can't be moved. elderly in comas etc
— Tom Rayner (@RaynerSkyNews) July 17, 2014
And then there's this: NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children (Glenn Greenwald)
CNN reporting from a rooftop in Israel where onlookers are applauding rockets going down in Gaza.
— Mathieu von Rohr (@mathieuvonrohr) July 17, 2014
NOTE In other words, I don't agree with the idea that "The Israeli government has lost the ability to think strategically." Indeed they do; it's just that Israel's many apologists won't face up to the human costs of Israel's decades-long policy of lebensraum on the West Bank and Gaza.