"... even though Israel resumed bombing Gaza, it would stop if Hamas accepts the truce and that the coming hours are critical. If not, the military has a plan in place to significantly amp up its offensive, including a possible ground operation, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was discussing military strategy.
On Tuesday evening, rocket sirens and blasts were heard in Tel Aviv, as Israel's "Iron Dome" missile defense system intercepted two rockets, according to the Israel Defense Forces Twitter account.
In addition, the military said three rockets were fired at the southern city of Eilat. The military did not immediately know who was behind the rocket fire." Foxnews
It will be interesting to see who has more "sack" as the British say. IMO the Israelis fear the losses they might suffer in a ground campaign. OTOH the Gazan defense believes that it will gain a great deal politically from the kind of Israeli losses that Hizbullah inflicted on them in '06. People in general are savages and respect the ability to kill one's opponents. Media pictures of bombed buildings in Gaza often show reinforced concrete tunnels under them. My suspicion is that these are part of an interlocked system that would enable the fighters to move around and emerge at pre-planned points to fight on ground organized for defense. That worked well for Hizbullah. Iranians taught Hizbullah to build that system and use it. Hamas talks to Iran and has done so for a long time. This evening LTC Lerner, the IDF spokesman, told Blitzer that they, too, have taken notice of these tunnels. IMO the Israelis fear this possibility and may well decide to sit outside the city and pound it, pound it, pound it. That will do nothing for Israel. In a few years they will face Hamas again. pl
"... clashes have been ongoing in Jerusalem and Palestinian cities and towns inside the Green Line since the kidnapping and killing of teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir by settlers on July 2. The confrontations have expanded in scope, diversified and intensified.
On the ground, one can sense that the situation in the West Bank is rife with tension, as protests have spread throughout cities and towns. The clashes have been most violent in Bethlehem, Hebron, Jerusalem and Ramallah. During the July 11 protests, Palestinian youths set the Qalandia military checkpoint ablaze, which forced Israeli soldiers to briefly evacuate it and allow young Palestinian men to take control of it.
Al-Monitor noted that more than 30 towns and villages witnessed violent clashes on July 11-12, involving thousands of young people. Dozens of Palestinians were wounded by live ammunition and rubber bullets. One young man who participated in the clashes in front of the Bethel settlement told Al-Monitor, “We will rise against Israel. We will stage daily protests in front of Bethel and Awfar, and we will throw stones and Molotov cocktails.”"
The possibility exists that a sympathetic response to the Gaza battle will spread to the West Bank, Hizbullah and Europe. You won't see much of this on the MSM. pl
Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/07/israel-war-west-bank-palestinians-clashes.html?utm_source=Al-Monitor+Newsletter+%5BEnglish%5D&utm_campaign=5e9aca7e97-July_15_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_28264b27a0-5e9aca7e97-93066749##ixzz37a1TTD9y