Desert Shield. Desert Storm. Iraqi Freedom. Desert Scorpion. Asparagus. (Yes, Belgian police apparently named one operation against Islamist militants "Asparagus.")
Israel has run through a good number of names in the past few years, from Operation Grapes of Wrath, its 1996 fight against Hezbollah, to Operation Summer Rains, the Israeli military's 2006 campaign in Gaza after Hamas-led militants captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
There has been Just Reward, Truthful Promise, Peace for Galilee, Accountability, Rainbow and Wrath of God.
In coming up with a name for its unprecedented military strike on the Hamas-led Gaza Strip, the Israeli military this time turned to its national poet for inspiration.
Israel launched the attack on the sixth day of Hanukkah, so the Israelis who come up with the names for operations turned to a Bialik poem, For Hanukka, for the name.
"My teacher bought a big dreidel for me,
Cast of solid lead, the finest known.
In whose honor, for whose glory?
For Hanukkah alone."
Why chose the name from a Hanukkah poem?
As The Daily Beast notes, "the Hanukkah story celebrates national liberation."
The ongoing campaign that has killed more than 400 Palestinians and 4 Israelis has garnered a different name from Palestinians: The Black Saturday Massacre.