Reports of the number of soldiers hurt by the Qassam rocket strike at the IDF base near Kibbutz Zikkim this morning vary: Hamas hails rocket strike that wounds 66 IDF troops
states Ha'aretz, but others give different numbers. The strike was hailed by the Hamas, who called it a "victory from God," but it was supposedly carried out by the Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees.
The riddle is, how can Israel conclude a serious peace agreement with Mahmoud Abbas
, as he asks, if he doesn't control Gaza. The theory is, that concluding at least a framework agreement will empower Abbas and the Fatah to retrieve the situation in Gaza. In theory it might work. In practice, it is going to be difficult to get political support for Israeli concessions while in effect, Abbas cannot offer anything, because he doesn't control security in Gaza at all, and his hold in the West Bank is also theoretical. The value of the deal for Israel is disentanglement from the occupation and European and possibly Arab support, important in the confrontation with Iran. The dangers are all too obvious.
Israel is doing the usual retaliatory raids, that are just enough to get everyone mad at us, but not enough to stop the rockets. They only seem to demonstrate Israeli powerlessness. IDF seems to be vetoing a larger operation, on the grounds that tension with Syria might lead to a two front engagement. Does anyone remember the Six Day War