Gaza mortar shells target Israeli forces searching for Hamas tunnels; Israel responds with airstrike, tank fire and declares border area a closed military zone; Hamas evacuates two schools as a precautionary measure.21:44 04.05.16 | 4 comments
which of course, he is NOT, he'd arrange to release Marwan Barghouti to Abbas, not only to blow away Hamas' claim to fame, but also to ensure a moderate replacement for Abbas. Unfortunately, I seriously doubt if if Israel's long term security interests are Netanyahu's priority. I suspect he's conceded to this deal now specifically to bolster Hamas and to undermine Abbas in light of the latter's progress in the international arena. It goes without saying that the extreme right on either side share a common interest in sabotaging the progress made by moderates.