No doubt both combatants are already looking to early lessons from Israel’s strike against Hamas in Gaza – but one would appear obvious.
Irrespective of whether you are a state or a non-state actor – that is a military force belonging to a government, or an insurgent/terrorist – the need to be able to put at risk your opponent’s air operations is of ever growing importance.
The Israeli air force has been operating with impunity over Gaza – whether it be fixed, rotary-wing, or unmanned aerial vehicles.
Hamas may have had some small-caliber anti-aircraft weapons, and possibly some man-portable surface-to-air missiles, given the continual use of infra-red flares as counter-measures by the IAF. It failed, however, to even begin to disrupt the air operations against it.
Arguably even a single shoot-down on the part of Hamas would have been a significant propaganda coup.
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