How Human Intelligence (HUMINT) works for Israel’s Gaza operation – its crucial eyes on the ground

How Human Intelligence (HUMINT) works for Israel’s Gaza operation – its crucial eyes on the ground, DEBKAfile, July 19, 2014

Hamas_tunnel_17.7.14A Hamas terror tunnel unearthed in Gaza

The outcome of the ground phase of Israel’s Defensive Edge Operation may be determined just as much by its unseen battle as by the destruction of more than a dozen Hamas terrorist tunnels and infrastructure Saturday morning, July 19, the 12th day of the operation. This clandestine battle can’t be fought or won by even the most sophisticated high-tech and electronic gadgetry tools. It requires a flexible, shrewd and cautious ground maneuver to be conducted among with the local population – and above all, boots on the ground – for collecting such arcane data as the locations of tunnel openings and other enemy secrets.

This kind of interaction with the locals comes under the heading of HUMINT. IDF obtains its eyes on…

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