Hamas has a lot to lose from a major round of violence, but with election looming, Netanyahu’s restraint may not last long
The recent series of incidents in the Gaza Strip are exceptional in magnitude compared to the past few months. Over the weekend, rockets were fired twice from the Strip at Israeli communities on the Gaza border. And on Saturday, the army killed three members of a Palestinian squad that was trying to get into Israel and injured a fourth member.
In addition, there have been serious attacks in the West Bank and East Jerusalem – the murder of 18-year-old Dvir Sorek in Gush Etzion and the subsequent wounding of a policeman and two civilians in a car ramming and a stabbing, providing a picture of significant escalation.