"What would have happened if the Palestinians had not fired Qassams? Would Israel have lifted the economic siege that it imposed on Gaza? Would it open the border to Palestinian laborers? Free prisoners? Meet with the elected leadership and conduct negotiations? Encourage investment in Gaza?" The palestinians could have tested the reaction of Israel during, let's say, half an year, by not launching kassams, by refraining from any act of terrorism, by beginning to build houses in the evacuated settlements, the international community was ready to invest a lot of money for improving the standard of life.What is half an year more?!But in the way they actually acted, it was a clear demonstration to their old intentions, apart from you and a bunch of leftists, no one was fooled.And when you reach some sort of agreement with Fatah, comes Hamas and says the agreement doesn't oblige them, you reach an agreement with Hamas comes Islamic Jihad with the same statement, and so on.
Rocket alarm sirens sound in southern Israel (Haaretz)
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