Ahead of Gaza Offensive, Netanyahu's Israel Did Its Best to Lull Hamas to Sleep

Israel's goal was to lull Hamas and other terror organizations in Gaza into a false sense of security, in the hope that they would lower their level of preparedness.

The decision to launch Operation Pillar of Defense was reached Tuesday morning by an inner ministerial group, known as the "forum of nine." The political-security cabinet did not convene prior to the operation; it convened a few hours after its inception, in order to authorize retroactively the operation's goals.