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Last weekend, Israel massed troops and tanks on its border with Gaza. As the noise of their engines echoed across the strip, an Israeli military spokesperson appeared to confirm to reporters that a ground operation was under way.  

But that was not the case. Israel wanted Hamas militants to believe a ground incursion was coming so fighters would be rushed to battle positions in tunnels where they could be targeted by Israeli drones and aircraft. Bloodied in several previous incursions in Gaza since the Hamas takeover in 2007, Israel would rather wage its war remotely...

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