13.03.2012 19.Adar. 5772
Iron Dome success elicits exaggerated sense of confidence among some Israelis; IDF shows improvement in coordinating intelligence and the air force, increasing precision of strikes to result in relatively few civilian casualties.
Israel and Hamas are delivering quite similar messages behind the scenes, in contrast to their public statements. Both powers in the Gaza conflict want to see the end of the current round of violence, which started Friday. A cease-fire is being stymied right now by two factors: heavy rocket fire by Islamic Jihad, taking full advantage of the weapons it received from Iran; and the lack of an effective way to end the face-off.
Egypt, the natural mediator in previous rounds, is preoccupied now with its own internal troubles, and is having difficulty leading the parties to an unofficial agreement….