While Jerusalem has been the site of so much violence and terror over the past few months, Gaza has been relatively quiet. The Jerusalem Post's Yaakov Lappin reports that the IDF is using this calm to prepare for the time when Hamas will again attack:
The IDF tries not to disrupt this normality with too heavy a presence, but it stealthily inserts its forces into areas that allow it to call upon speedy firepower in potential incidents.
Nestled between trees in the birch forests of the area, Merkava tanks could lay in wait, out of view but not out of the minds of Hamas, which likely suspects their hidden presence, though not their precise locations. Further back, artillery lies ready to go into action at any time.
On the border, Combat Intelligence units gather information 24 hours a day, feeding it to control centers. Radars and cameras feed the control rooms.
The Northern Brigade maintains a large quantity of firepower at the ready, and often shifts them around to keep its cards close to its chest.
On the other side of the border, in the Gazan neighborhoods of Shujayah, Jabaliya, and Gaza City, Hamas men with anti-tank missiles stare back. Hamas armed members in border positions closely watch IDF movements, often armed with AK-47 rifles.