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The military operation in Gaza that still haunts Israel one year later

The military operation in Gaza that still haunts Israel one year later

— It all began at a hole in the ground in a field of melons, when an Israeli reconnaissance squad surprised Hamas militiamen near a tunnel entrance. A vicious firefight erupted, just a few bursts long, but enough to leave two Israeli soldiers and one Palestinian militant dead.

After a quick body count, it was discovered that a young Israeli officer was missing, dragged down the tunnel — a nightmare scenario for Israel, whose military doctrine enshrines “force protection” and vows never to leave a soldier, dead or alive, behind.

The abduction took place one year ago on a day both Palestinians and Israelis have come to call “Black Friday,” Aug. 1, 2014, when a 72-hour cease-fire in the middle of the Gaza war was shattered.

Source: The military operation in Gaza that still haunts Israel one year later – The Washington Post