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    • 30.08.11 | 16:44 (IDT)

    "Readiness is very high. We are determined to strike at those carrying out the attacks, to take action as much as possible to intercept the attack and we are reiterating that responsibility stems from the Gaza Strip. It is not just Islamic Jihad but also Hamas." - Barak// Just recently, PRC originated a terror attack and Israel responded by hitting many targets in Gaza, presumably most of Hamas'. Gaza responded with rockets and Israel agreed to a cease fire because a major operation, like Cast Lead, would have led to more trouble than it was worth. You would think that somebody in official Israel would have learned the lesson, but no such luck. The case now for punishing Hamas for an Islamic Jihad attack from Sinai is even weaker (and stupider). The Jihad is already roaming Sinai, and probably has stores of ammunition there. The attack may be planned by Gaza people, but operationally it has little to do with Hamas or Gaza. Unless Israel expects Islamic Jihad to be dismantled by Hamas in Gaza, which whill not happen, it will be easier to blame the Egyptians for an attack (except that they show good will). In short, don't say stupid things because if an attack occurs, the Israeli public will insist on punishing Hamas as promised and the leaders will have to carry out their stupid promises.

    from the article: Home Front Minister: Sinai-based cell may try to attack Israel in coming days
    First published 11:55 30.08.11 | Last updated 11:55 30.08.11
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