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.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.
Palestinian sources confirmed that all 15 deaths on their side were militants. The absence of civilian deaths greatly reduces the impetus on the Palestinian side to retaliate, although it must be noted that if the cross border violence continues, civilian casualties will be almost inevitable.
Fifteen Gazan Palestinians killed, more than 100 rockets and mortar shells fired at
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