The Cats Are Bouncing

More than ten Qassam rockets were launched from Gaza into Israel this morning. Add these to the rocket launched last week and to the attack on an IDF patrol near the Gaza border, and those claiming that the Gaza operation was a huge success have a problem. The debate, though, is not over. Here’s Martin Kramer:

Israel’s primary objective was to compel a cease-fire by means of deterrence alone, without opening the crossings, thus serving its long-term strategy of containing and undercutting Hamas. This it has achieved, so far.

This will only be a convincing argument, if rockets aren’t fired at Israel. Politically speaking – and 10 days before election day politics is king – the attacks create a whole new problem for Labor’s Ehud Barak, now in the midst of a fight to recover his party’s credentials. It is still too early to know if the Gaza op was a huge success, a minor success, a failure, or a huge failure. Barak initially called the increased hostility from Gaza a “dead-cat bounce,” but has since threatened a “disproportionate response” to the rocket fire.

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The Cats Are Bouncing

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