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Sherwin Pomerantz

The 160th Day of Israel’s War Against Hamas  

On this 160th day of the war, fighting continues in Gaza as the IDF continues its efforts to fully demobilize the Hamas fighting machine.  On the northern border things seemed to be quieter today than in the past although no one seems to know why.

In a break with protocol, IDF Brig.-Gen. Dan Goldfus, commander of the 98th Division, held a rare press conference on the Gaza border on Wednesday, where he addressed Israeli politicians and said, “We accomplish many achievements on the battlefield. But you must be worthy of us; you must be worthy of those soldiers who sacrificed their lives.”

“I would like to appeal to our leaders from all sides. I hope they can find time to listen to the heart of a fighter who has been fighting since October 7, and since then I have not stopped fighting and sending soldiers towards the line of fire.”

Soon after the broadcast, the military said that Goldfus’s speech was not pre-approved and that he would be brought in for clarification.  Goldfus didn’t specify to what he was referring, but operations in Gaza have loosened somewhat in their intensity over the last few weeks, with the army recalling a significant number of reservists.

On an international level, Israel has been bombarded with criticism over the high casualty rate in the enclave, which some claim is the result of fighting in an extremely complex urban warfare battlefield.

Goldfus has led the 98th through tough fighting in Khan Yunis, the southern Gazan city, and the hometown of Yahya Sinwar. There, the IDF uncovered tunnels and terrorist infrastructure, which enabled other operations around Khan Yunis, clearing out the border area of terrorists where the October 7 Hamas attackers had emerged from during that dark day five months ago.  Goldfus is renowned for his efforts at eliminating the underground infrastructure of Hamas and using commandos from his division to defeat the enemy.

As for the incursion into Rafah, according to a report in Politico, the US has now indicated it would support pinpointed strikes in the southern Gaza city of Rafah which would be directed at neutralizing the terrorist leadership there.  While the difference of opinion between the US and Israel continues, two senior professors at West Point’s Modern War Institute have written a piece entitledThe Road to Ceasefire Leads Through the Rafah Offensive” (attached) which taps their experience and wisdom in support of Israel’s position on this issue.

 Earlier this week Israel opened an additional access point to Gaza so humanitarian aid would have a third crossing point.  The six aid trucks that entered Gaza through this new crossing on Tuesday were soon looted by local Gazans, Israel’s Channel 11 reported on Wednesday night. The trucks were part of a pilot to test new ways to deliver aid without Hamas taking control of it, the IDF said.

Future Leadership

 As for people with potential for national leadership one of those could be Giordana Grego Levy, Founder and CEO of Balaboosta Property Management.  She has more than 20 years of experience in international relations, project management and communications.  Prior to starting Balaboosta, she was Director of Investor Relations at a local hedge fund and before that Project Manager at th Italian Embassy in Tel Aviv.

​Hailing from Milan, Italy, Giordana holds a first degree in Economics from University College London and a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

​As a graduate and mentor of The Nest by Gvahim, a member of the Double You and ROI networks, and the chairperson of the LSE Alumni Association in Israel, Giordana is deeply connected to various professional circles.  Giordana is fluent in Italian, English, French and Hebrew.

Multi-talented she would be an asset to any new post war government for sure.

About the Author
Sherwin Pomerantz is a native New Yorker, who lived and worked in Chicago for 20 years before coming to Israel in 1984. An industrial engineer with advanced degrees in mechanical engineering and business, he is President of Atid EDI Ltd., a 32 year old Jerusalem-based economic development consulting firm which, among other things, represents the regional trade and investment interests of a number of US states, regional entities and Invest Hong Kong. A past national president of the Association of Americans & Canadians in Israel, he is also Former Chairperson of the Board of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and a Board Member of the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce. His articles have appeared in various publications in Israel and the US.