The casualties that Israel has taken are serious, for such a small country, but if a plot on this scale was averted, then it was worth it for that alone.
From the 48 Hamas prisoners that have been captured, the intelligence have been interrogating them and the most terrifying, and horrific picture is being built.
They are being investigated about the many tunnels that have been found and dug under many kibbutzim that surround Gaza. The most terrifying detail is being uncovered that Hamas had a plan to attack all the settlements and kibbutzim in the area this year on Rosh Hashanah with an invasion of over 200 terrorists into almost all the settlements in the area. The tunnels went under the kibbutzim under the kindergartens and dining rooms and other areas within the kibbutz perimeters. They planned to occupy the whole area and kill as many Israeli as possible.
This could have been the worst terror attack in the history of terrorism. Thousands of people, including women and children would have been slaughtered in this planned attack.
The abandonment of Gaza and the blockade have given Hamas the freedom and ability to plan on a larger scale. The rocket attacks put Israel into a larger state of war, but they’re not the endgame.
It’s why life with a terrorist statelet is impossible.