Countdown to New Gaza Operation Has Begun

(Ha'aretz) Amos Harel - Since the beginning of January there have been 16 incidents of rocket and mortar fire from Gaza - an average of one a day. They have been the work of Islamic Jihad, which fired six rockets Wednesday night at Ashkelon, and other groups inspired by al-Qaeda. From the moment the pace of rocket fire from Gaza returns to one a day, the countdown begins toward the next round of fighting. Daily rocket fire prompts calls for a resolute response. No Hamas plan aimed at confrontation with the Israel Defense Forces is seen in Israel, but a certain level of laxity in enforcement of the cease-fire in Gaza could bring about such a confrontation.

2014-01-17 00:00:00

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