"Gaza militants launched rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel on Sunday, wounding three Israelis, drawing a threat of "disproportionate" retaliation from the prime minister and further straining a cease-fire that ended Israel's Gaza offensive.
The flare-up in violence came just over a week before Israel's parliamentary vote, pitting Israeli Foreign Minister Livni — one of the architects of the offensive — against the more hawkish Bemnjamon Natanyahu. Continued fighting could influence the outcome by raising questions about the effectiveness of Israel's actions in Gaza.
Three people — two soldiers and a civilian — were wounded in a late afternoon mortar barrage on an Israeli village next to Gaza, police and the military said. Earlier, a rocket landed near a kindergarten in a community near Gaza, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Warning sirens sent residents scrambling for shelter."
What part of this was hard to foresee? As we stated here during the "offensive," any continuation of rocket fire into Israel from Gaza after a cease fire would signal to the world that the Israeli display of firepower had failed miserably to move the wall of flesh with which Hamas opposes the Jewish state.
Having failed in this latest attempt to intimidate the Palestinians, what is left for the Israelis to try? More firepower? More dead kids for the world to contemplate? Maybe napalm this time? How about mass expulsions? Creating new "facts on the ground?"
Ground penetrating radar? The Israelis are not as technology obsessed as we Americans. I doubt if they really think that gadgets like this will prevent Hamas shooting into Israel. The Israelis have run out of ideas and are now grasping at straws. Some US military officer attached to the State Department probably dreamt this up for Condi Baby on her way out of town.
A truce? Did I see that magic word in the article? Could it be?
If not, then an escalation? There really is not much to differentiate Natanyahu from Livni on major issues like Gaza. The next Israeli prime minister (whoever it is) will have to "fish or cut bait" on this problem.
What'll it be, mass expulsions, extermination, or a truce? pl