Playacting in Gaza: Low key escalation
[Ynet] Analysis: Despite recent rocket attacks on Israel, Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, not interested in full-blown conflict
The Hamas rulers of Gazoo do not shed a tear when Israel takes out global jihad terrorists. This was the case Sunday night when the Air Force targeted two gun-hung tough guys in Rafah, only this time 11 passersby, including women and kiddies, were also injured -- two of them critically. Monday's rocket and mortar barrages, launched by Hamas and Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the liquidation of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
, were a response to the injuries incurred by Paleostinian civilians.
Islamic Jihad pushed for a response. Over the past few weeks the terror group's leaders have been pressing Hamas to end the unofficial ceasefire with Israel and reinstate the "respond to every assassination" policy. So far Hamas has been able to restrain Islamic Jihad, but on Monday, as a result of the civilian injuries, Jihad announced that it would act independently. Hamas had no choice but to join in.
The rocket attacks were a joint Hamas-Islamic Jihad effort carried out, according to a statement co-signed by both terror groups, in response to "continuous and repeated enemy crimes against our defenseless people." The global jihadists who were killed were not even mentioned. Hamas and the global jihad-affiliated groups are fierce enemies, and the Islamist group's security forces in Gazoo fight them relentlessly. Hamas deems these terror groups a threat to its rule in the coastal enclave. Moreover, Egypt is demanding that Hamas operate against these groups due to their links to fundamentalist terror groups based in the Sinai Peninsula.
Despite the fact that it took part in Monday's assault, Hamas made certain its response would not lead to major escalation. The gun-hung tough guys did not fire any Grads, but mostly rockets and mortars that were aimed at open areas and the outskirts of Israeli communities. Hamas has no interest in resuming the fighting with Israel, as it is preoccupied with building relations with the new government in Cairo and trying to prove to the Moslem Brüderbund that it is a stable and responsible ruler. This is why Hamas took part in Monday's attacks, but in a cautious and measured manner.
The IDF also avoided a response that could have resulted in a serious escalation of violence. The aerial bombings in response to the rocket fire focused on open areas in Gazoo, causing a lot of dust and noise, but no casualties. Both sides do not want to fan the flames at this juncture. This round of violence has likely ended, but it must be remembered that one rocket landing in the wrong place can quickly lead to a resumption of the fighting, in full force.
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