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How Bibi Ran Gaza Operation on His Own

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This week, Israel responded forcefully to the barrage of rockets launched from Gaza. Now, The Jerusalem Post's Gil Hoffman takes us behind closed doors to learn the true story behind the Israeli response:

When dozens of mortars and rockets started falling in the Gaza periphery Tuesday morning, Netanyahu chose not to convene the security cabinet. Sources said the reason he refrained from holding such a meeting was that he did not want to escalate the conflict in Gaza.

After a rocket fell close to a kindergarten in the Eshkol region, Netanyahu’s ministers started competing with bombastic statements.

Shaked said Israel needed to prepare to recapture the Gaza Strip from Hamas, and Likud ministers Gilad Erdan and Yuval Steinitz publicly threatened targeted killings against the heads of terrorist organizations, which could have led to a serious escalation.

Ironically, the law that outraged people because they thought it would lead to Netanyahu haphazardly going to war without consulting anyone ended up being implemented by him for the opposite reason...

Netanyahu did end up convening the security cabinet Wednesday evening, but it was a very short meeting that was intended only to brief the ministers on the success of the IDF’s retaliation against Hamas and Islamic Jihad after the fact...

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