As I write, Hamas rockets continue to rain down on towns in the south of Israel. A missile which landed on a house in Ofakim wounded three people, a young man of twenty, a nine-year old child and a two-month old baby. The deadly Grad missile attack on Beersheba left one fatality and seven wounded, four of them seriously.
The situation is looking more and more the way it did on the eve of Operation Cast Lead. Yet, despite the gut instinct to deliver a crushing blow in kind to Hamastan – a blow which would be entirely justified, both legally and morally – I am more than ever convinced that Hamas is setting a trap for us, to draw us in to all-out war and make sure of world-wide sympathy for their cause on the eve of their planned unilateral declaration of statehood next month (see my previous blog).
Sacrificing a few hundred Palestinian civilian lives – especially if they can make sure there are children among them – would be no problem at all for the Hamas leadership, as they have proved time and time again.