I wouldn't call it an escalation per say given no ground offensive into Gaza has been launched. Just increased strikes onto hamas targets, including door knock strikes on command and control facilities hiding in apartment complexes
I've heard speculation that Isreal hasn't deployed a large enough force to the area to support an invasion at this point. But then again, we'll see what has happened by the time we wake up tommorrow.Seeing lots of videos of increased air strikes, perhaps this is a prelude to a ground invasion? I'm just speculating at this point though.
Like General Schwarzkopf using the media to make Saddam expect an amphibious invasion.I read elsewhere, this morning, that the "ground attack" was mainly a ruse to get the Hamas "fighters" to take refuge in tunnels (the locations of which are well known to the IDF) that were then attacked and destroyed.