The IDF have been striking Gaza and Hamas for several days now, despite there having been no recent rocket attacks. Why would this happen? becuase Natanyahu knows that eventually there will be some retaliation and this will create unity within Israel and stifle internal critisicm. It is indeed no con-incidence that the protests were planed and now shelved. Ariel Sharon did exactly the same thing. He avoided a vote of no-confidence by assasinating Sheikh Yassin, knowing that Hamas would retaliate.
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