Egypt has warned Hamas that if it continues to fire rockets at Israel as it has been doing for the last couple of weeks, Israel will retaliate like it did with Operation Cast Lead two years ago (Hat Tip: Daily Alert).
"Egypt has told Hamas the Gaza situation was similar to that before December 2008," said one source, referring to the start of the three-week war Israel waged in the Hamas-run enclave with the declared aim of halting cross-border rocket strikes.
"Hamas does not want a new escalation unless it is forced into it," the source said.
A Palestinian official said Egypt and another Arab country, which he declined to identify, had discussed the issue with Hamas. Hamas officials declined to comment.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, addressing foreign journalists in Jerusalem on Tuesday, said militants in the Gaza Strip would be making "a terrible, terrible mistake" if they continued to "test our will to defend our people".
An Israeli air strike earlier that day killed an Islamic Jihad militant. The Israeli military said he had been planning to carry out an attack against Israel.
What could go wrong?
Labels: Gaza, Hamas, Kassam rockets, Operation Cast Lead
posted by Carl in Jerusalem @ 2:25 PM