Fuel For The Fire

TIME gets a frontline look at Israel's new, secretly engineered battle plan

The Israeli intelligence officers looked up from their maps when they heard the reverberations from the choppers last Wednesday night. From their base on a hill at the southern edge of Ramallah, they saw the lights in the city go out. The choppers were close now, flying without lights. The officers were excited, anticipating what was coming. Then one of them noticed a point of light. It was the tail of an air-to-ground missile launched.

This was neither a beginning nor an end. The rockets that glared over Ramallah and Gaza Wednesday night were simply punctuation points on the canvas...

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