Israel's calculus for Gaza eruption

Leo Rennert
Since Friday night, all hell has broken loose on Israel's border with Gaza.  Palestinian terrorists have fired more than 130 rockets at southern Israel.  Half a million Israelis are in bomb shelters.  Major population centers like Ashdod, Ashkelon, Beersheva and Yavne have cancelled Sunday school attendance. What's going on? Well, let's back up a bit.  Since the start of the year, Gaza terrorists belonging to Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committee have ratcheted up rocket and mortar fire -- an average of one missile a day.  To top it off, Israeli intelligence got wind of plans by the Popular Resistance Committee to launch another major cross-border ambush like the one that killed half a dozen Israelis near Eilat last August. This time, rather than wait for such a calamity, Israel's political echelon and the IDF decided to thwart such an attack and, in with a pinpoint airstrike, killed the head of the Popular Resistance Committee and another...(Read Full Post)