Israel's calculus for Gaza eruption

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)