Hamas seems wary of escalation with Israel, despite increased rocket fire

30.10.2011                      02.Cheschwan. 5772                       Sommerzeit endet

Raketenangriffe:

Hamas seems wary of escalation with Israel, despite increased rocket fire

Hamas has an interest in halting the rocket fire due to its increasingly close relationship with Egypt and the fear that fighting will prolong the second phase of the Shalit deal.

Let's start with the conspiracy theories: The renewed escalation in the south was not aimed at disrupting the renewal of the social protests. It's highly unlikely that the Islamic Jihad militants who fired a Grad rocket at the Ashdod area Wednesday night took last night's demonstration in Rabin Square into consideration. The Shin Bet security service officials who recommended Saturday afternoon's strike on the Islamic Jihad cell also presumably failed to ask about Daphni Leef's weekend plans. The Shin Bet identified preparations to launch more Katyushas from a training camp in what used to be the settlement of Atzmona, and the Israel Air Force launched a sortie. The result of that strike – five Jihad militants killed, including one relatively high-ranking area official – is what dictated the force of the current escalation….