Hamas Ability to Maintain Truce Seen Declining

(Jerusalem Post) Yaakov Lappin - Senior security sources have noted an increase over the past two weeks in attacks on Israel from Gaza, leading them to question Hamas' motivation or ability to continue to enforce the truce that has been in effect since November 2012. Because of growing pressure from Egypt, which has sealed smuggling tunnels linking Gaza to Sinai, with its negative impact on Gaza's economy, the increase in attacks might be tied to Hamas' lesser ability to govern Gaza and impose its will on other terror groups. The Israeli defense establishment feels strongly that any new threats have to be nipped in the bud and that Israel needs to broadcast its unwillingness to tolerate the resumption of large numbers of Gazan terror attacks.

2014-01-10 00:00:00

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