If you were Israel, would you stop?
You have been waiting and waiting for years to get the upper hand. You had a recent “misadventure” into Lebanon. Now you have taken Hamas by surprise. They are wildly firing rockets and really hitting no one. You may have them on the run. Would you stop?
A top Hamas leader and several members of his family were killed Thursday in an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip, as Israel pressed its offensive for a sixth day and a Hamas rocket destroyed part of an apartment building in the Israeli port city of Ashdod.
Nizar Rayyan, a cleric who served as a liaison between Hamas’s political and military wings, had called for renewed suicide bombings inside Israel and refused to go into hiding, as other prominent Hamas members had done. His death, confirmed in a statement issued by Hamas, marked the first known killing of a senior leader of the militant group since Israel began air strikes on Saturday. Two of Rayyan’s four wives and four of his 12 children were also killed after Israeli forces bombed their apartment building, Palestinian health officials said. (more… )