In the clearest break from a strategy it used to pursue Hezbollah militants in Lebanon in 2006, Israeli leaders have set out clearly defined — and relatively modest — expectations for the current Gaza offensive. Two years ago in Lebanon, Israeli officials vowed to wipe out Hezbollah and bring back two kidnapped Israeli soldiers. They didn’t accomplish either goal.
This time, government officials have said their aim is simply to reduce rocket fire and weaken Hamas. At the same time, they have spent days preparing the public for a tough fight.
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