Ahead of Gaza Offensive, Netanyahu's Israel Did Its Best to Lull Hamas to Sleep

Israel's goal was to lull Hamas and other terror organizations in Gaza into a false sense of security, in the hope that they would lower their level of preparedness.

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The decision to launch Operation Pillar of Defense was reached Tuesday morning by an inner ministerial group, known as the "forum of nine." The political-security cabinet did not convene prior to the...