The Israeli Army's General Staff has ordered its Southern Command to prepare for a possible large Gaza operation that could occur within the next few months, The Jerusalem Post reported.
Israeli Army's Gaza Division, under the command of Brigadier General Yossi Bachar, is in charge of such a potential attack, which senior officers said could be significantly larger than Cast Lead, the previous Gaza war.
Preparations include finalizing operational plans and distributing them among various Israeli army units that would be deployed inside Gaza, the report said.
“Gaza is possibly Israel's most volatile front today,” a member of the General Staff said this week. “It is a front that can explode at any given moment.”
Israel attacked the Gaza Strip in late 2008 during a massive military operation called Cast Lead.
During the 22-day-war on the densely populate territory in December 2008/January 2009, over 1,400 civilians, including 300 children were killed and thousands more injured. Over 50,000 people had to leave their city as the war destroyed 4,000 houses in the blockaded territory.