Hamas Is Trying to Get Itself Out of a Tight Spot

Prolonged escalation that paralyzes the south may force the IDF into returning to Gaza in a large ground offensive directed against Hamas’ rule.

After the initial shock following the killing of two of its senior commanders, Raed Attar and Mohammed Abu Shamaleh (with the fate of Mohammed Deif, the head of its military wing, still unknown), Hamas responded over the weekend with heavy barrages of rockets and mortar fire at Israel. This time the results were lethal, with the death of 4-year-old Daniel Tragerman from Nahal Oz, hit by a...