|Paramedics treat woman suffering from shock |
after a Grad rocket hit Be'er Sheva (Haaretz)
And it is precisely this: provocation. Hamas played that game in 2007-8 with thousands of rockets launched into Israel inciting the Gaza War in which many of their own died. But remember, for Hamas, what is bad is good. The more casualties (often of human shields) the better. When Hezbollah played the same game culminating in the death and kidnapping of Israeli soldiers, it too got what it (really) wanted, a full-blown Israeli military attack. The PA, for its part, is keeping the flame alive by allowing -- no, promoting -- incitement against Israel in all its authority-owned media.
So, we seem to be edging up to the same thing again. No doubt Syria and Iran are finding this a propitious time to be mentoring their acolytes in the ways of terror because they will benefit from attention diverted from revolts against their own tyrannies and from new rounds of international condemnation of Israel.
Some recommended reading on this subject:
Elder of Zion: Islamic Jihad Admits the Purpose of Rockets is Terrorism
Rubin Reports: Thousands Rally for Palestinian Reconciliation
Just Journalism: BBC Elides Palestinian Culture of Incitement
CIF Watch: More Rockets Fired into Israel (Guardian Reporting Only on Israeli Retaliatory Strikes)
Haaretz: Syria May Provoke Israel to Distract from Domestic Unrest