Israel not surprised.
Egypt stepped in this week to broker a cease-fire agreement between Hamas and Israel. Initially, Israel accepted, but Hamas responded by firing more rockets into Israel from Gaza. Or as news reports said, Hamas’ “military wing” rejected the cease fire. National Review’s Jim Geraghty quipped, “Militant wings are the evil twins of geopolitics. If your organization has a military wing – as opposed to an actual, declared, uniforms-and-everything-military – you’re probably a troublemaker.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared, “[W]e are prepared to continue and intensify our operation and protect our people.” And Israel has done just that in the last few hours.
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