Did Hamas UAV Capabilities Force Israeli Action?

November 21, 2012 • Chris

We highlighted the operation of drones by Hezbollah as a signal of more sophisticated threat capability even as Israel effectively destroyed the drone launched from Lebanon in early October. But as the conflict deepens between Gaza and Israel, we can look back to see that the recent events escalated after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened:

“…of more UAV’s over Israel… He implied that Tehran or Hizballah might ask Hamas to release them over Israel, possibly in coordination with UAV intrusions from Lebanon.”

Was the maturation of Hamas drone capabilities a driving factor behind the level of Israel’s military response in this ongoing war?

Timeline of UAV discussion and Hamas – Click for live view

Key points from the above interactive timeline that you can explore:

Did the sophistication of Hamas drone capabilities hasten the IDF action? Or was the elimination of UAV operations in Gaza a strategic, high profile hit against technology hard earned by Hamas for use as leverage in cease fire negotiations? Leave us your thoughts below.