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Hamas and Israel – Ready for the Next Round?


On the second anniversary of the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, Yakkov Lappin, writing in the Jerusalem Post, says that the Gaza-Israel border is as explosive as ever.

Despite the similarities between then and now, a great deal has changed since July 8, 2014, on both sides of the border. In Gaza, Hamas is working to replenish its rocket stockpiles, through its local arms production industry, while trying to come up with new ways of overwhelming Israel’s Iron Dome air defense batteries, which proved so effective in the last war. One way Hamas hopes to achieve this is by focusing its short-range rocket and mortar fire in more accurate strikes on southern Israeli communities and IDF staging areas.

Iron Dome, for its part, may look like its 2014 equivalent, but other than appearance, everything about the groundbreaking system has changed. The batteries can intercept at greater range, deal with larger salvos, and have additional, classified abilities...

Yet, unlike in the summer of 2014, Hamas fears miscalculating and provoking a war with Israel. To that end, it works hard to ignite the West Bank, and seeks to turn Palestinian terrorist attacks that originate there into better organized, more highly armed operations.

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