11.03.2012 17.Adar. 5772
It may take a few more days before calm is restored, but neither Israel nor Hamas seem interested in an escalation that would lead to an Israeli ground operation in Gaza.
Fifteen Gazan Palestinians killed, more than 100 rockets and mortar shells fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip, nearly one million Israelis in the area under attack – the weekend numbers are the worst since Operation Cast Lead in January 2009. Nevertheless, while it may take a few more days before calm is restored, neither Israel nor Hamas seem interested in an escalation that would culminate in an Israeli ground operation in Gaza. Barring mass civilian casualties, the bets are on ending the latest round of violence within a few days.
This round, like so many before, began with specific intelligence on the Israeli side. This time, it was about a plan by the Popular Resistance Committees in the Strip to duplicate its successful operation last August, when eight Israeli civilians and military personnel were killed in an attack on Route 12, near Eilat….