Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says talks with Israel at very advanced stage; sides due to meet again in mid-May.20:39 30.04.16 | 0 comments
Your contention that Cast Lead worked is marred by false assumptions. Firstly the assumption that Cast Lead was principally about reducing rocket fire. If this was the case then it failed. 236 rockets were fired in May and June[7 weeks] 2008 up to the ceasefire on June18th after which there were a total of 18 projectiles fired from Gaza over a period of the next four and a half months. So during the time when the ceasefire successfully held the rocket fire was reduced to less than one per week. During 2009 242 projectiles were launched from Gaza. This is nearly 5 per week. So there has been a 500% increase in rocket fire as compared to the ceasfire period between june 18th and Nov 4th. Cast Lead was about reestablishing lost deterrence after the Lebanon 2006 debacle but foremost it was designed to punish Gazans who it was hoped would then turn away from Hamas in large numbers so forcing Hamas to relinquish power.