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View Diary: SoS Hillary Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Announce Cease-Fire Between Hamas and Israel (163 comments)

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  •  It was only "Hamas rockets" after his death (5+ / 0-)
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    wu ming, SCFrog, Russgirl, poco, AoT

    Before, the small number of rockets being fired were mainly coming from rival groups (like Islamic Jihad), and Hamas was trying to clamp down on them.  Hamas didn't start full-scale rocket attacks until after the assassination of Ahmed al-Ja'abari.  The rocket attacks are neither justifiable nor intelligent (why is a religious party firing missiles at Jerusalem, one of the holiest cities in Islam, rockets so crappy that they could hit anything, including a holy site or a Palestinian neighborhood?) but it was completely predictable.  Escalation produces counter-escalation.

    Al-Ja'abari believed that he was negotiating a truce; he had previously negotiated to free the Israeli POW, Gilad Shalit. It appears that this was a setup, and that just sends the message that trying to negotiate peace with the Israelis can be fatal, as it exposes one's location.

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