For days now, rockets and mortar bombs from the Gaza Strip have been raining down on towns and villages in the south of Israel – not just on the area adjacent to the Israel-Gaza border but as far away as Beersheba. On Thursday, the Hamas terrorists fired on a school bus, wounding several children. One of them, a sixteen-year old boy, is still on the critical list, fighting for his life. Hamas is now claiming they didn’t know it was a school bus. They are liars. School buses in Israel are bright yellow and instantly recognisable.
The so-called “ceasefire” which followed Operation Cast Lead was never observed by Hamas and the current escalation over the past few weeks is reminiscent of the situation at the end of 2008, which precipitated that campaign. We called a halt to Cast Lead without destroying the military capabilities of Hamas, who have since been tirelessly smuggling, not food and other basic supplies, but weapons, into Gaza. That was a mistake. Perhaps it’s time to go back and finish the job.