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By August 10, 2018 Read More →

TO THE BRINK OF WAR: HOW HAMAS AND ISRAEL GOT HERE

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From JPost:

Twelve hours before rocket sirens began wailing in the South Wednesday, Hamas was optimistic about reaching a five-year cease-fire agreement with Israel. Consumer goods would resume flowing through the Kerem Shalom crossing, and in return Hamas would release the bodies and captives it is holding, as well as halt the kite intifada burning Israel’s fields and forests. The UN and Egypt were optimistic the cease-fire would go into effect.

But the cease-fire was not to be. Instead, 180 projectiles were launched overnight. On Thursday afternoon one rocket had even been fired at Beersheba.

In retrospect, the signs were clear. Hamas evacuated several border observation posts, raising concerns a military escalation was imminent. This came in the wake of repeated sniper fire over the last month targeting IDF troops. The larger picture is that the conflict between Israel and Hamas has been heating up since March 30, when Hamas launched its “Great March of Return.”

Let’s examine the cascade of events leading to the August 8 blow-up, and their regional political context.

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