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Israel Launches Major Military Offensive -Barry Rubin, PhD
For the first time in four years, Israel carried out a targeted assassination, killing Ahmad Jabari.
Israeli officials said other Hamas leaders involved in terrorism will also be targeted. The other top priority is to destroy the launching sites for Hamas’s longer-range missiles, with a 25 mile range, that can reach cities in southern Israel.
The Israeli military command has not ruled out the possibility of a ground attack as well.
[T]he installation of its ally, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, in power next door has given Hamas much more confidence. Hamas openly came out [recently] as a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and openly initiated attacks on Israel rather than merely permitting smaller groups--Islamic JIhad, Salafist groups, and al-Qaida affiliates--to do so.
The Egyptian regime tried but apparently failed to organize a ceasefire. The timing of a confrontation now is inconvenient for the new government which is seeking to consolidate power...
In future, though, [Egypt] is more likely to back up Hamas either indirectly--letting money, weapons, terrorists, and Egyptian volunteer fighters- cross from Egypt into Gaza--or even through direct military intervention.
Neither side takes U.S. policy very seriously. The Egyptians and Hamas know that President Barack Obama will not take Israel's side to the same extent as previous presidents while Israel knows it cannot depend on an energetic U.S. pressure on Egypt to tamp down on the terrorists.
[The Rubin Report]