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Israel and Hamas : Not interested in a serious escalation

six hours after the attack, the culprit was identified: The Hamas put rocket attack on Tel Aviv, reported the Israeli army in the night of Friday – shortly after they had begun with reprisals.

With fighter jets and other arms of the armed forces strafed around 100 military targets of the terrorist organization Hamas in the Gaza strip, including the administration building, rocket factories and military training facilities. The Ministry of health in Gaza has reported at least two casualties.

On Friday morning, the situation seemed to have calmed down. At this time, the Israeli army even, that the attack on Tel Aviv was unintentional. The missiles could have been fired during maintenance works, Israeli media reported.

For the people in and around Tel Aviv played on Thursday night, as the unexpected siren, they howl crack out of your Routine. Ironically, in the direction of the Metropolitan population on the Mediterranean sea, and flew the rockets from the Gaza strip. Shortly thereafter, a loud Bang was heard. The interceptor shield the Iron dome has been activated, but went on none of the two rockets fired from the sky. The army informed a short time later. The bullets flew to the residential areas, in the past, no one was hurt. For the safety of the mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, the bunkers of the city open.

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order These are otherwise closed because of the attacks on Tel Aviv are unusual. The last Time the city was with her more than 400000 inhabitants, during the Gaza war of 2014 the target of militant groups. While the inhabitants of the smaller villages and cities around the Gaza strip spaces regularly in the protection of the race and to fight in the past few months, with balloons, attached incendiary devices had been flown across the border, the Region around Tel Aviv as safe.

Even the spokesman for the Israeli army, Ronen Manelis, appeared in the Israeli television surprised. You've had no prior information about the attacks and had to first figure out who to put behind the attack, he said. Both in the Gaza strip, the ruling Hamas and the Islamic Jihad denied to have anything to do with the attack. From the interior Ministry of Hamas said according to media reports, even the rocket fire "beyond the national consensus", one would take action against those who were behind it. Unusual words on the part of the terrorist organization.

On the retaliatory strikes of the Israeli army, Hamas responded in the night of Friday, three Times – each of the rockets sounded the alarm in the South of the country. A total of nine missiles of the radical Islamic group shot, according to information from the army on the Israeli border area, six of which were intercepted by the "Iron dome". No one was hurt.

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it seemed that Israel and Hamas are currently trying to rest. During the attack on Tel Aviv on Thursday evening, an Egyptian Delegation was in the Gaza strip, in order to provide a long-term truce. Since the beginning of the violent Gaza protests along the security fence on the 30. March 2018 in the past few months always again to escalations. Last summer the situation came to a head several times, dramatically, in a war, but was each Time turned away. Most recently were fired last weekend projectiles at southern Israel, the army responded with shelling of the positions of the radical Islamic Palestinian organization in the Gaza strip. The Delegation from Egypt, which had sought a truce, and left after the attacks from the coastal strip.

The previous reactions from the Israeli side and by Hamas pointed out, however, that no interest in a serious escalation. Israel is currently in the middle of the election campaign. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also the defense Minister of his country and on Thursday evening a meeting in the headquarters of the army in Tel Aviv arrived, attacks of this type currently facing a Dilemma. On the one hand, he needs to try less than a month before the elections, to prevent a war. On the other hand, it is true, to prove the strength of the political opponents not as weak as criticised.

This requested already a few hours after the attack, a hard attack: The Co-leader of the party "The New rights", Naftali Bennett, said it was time to tackle the Hamas and eliminate its leader. Bennett was previously the Minister of education, and ambitions to change after the elections, the Ministry of defense. Netanyahu's biggest rival, the former army chief, Benny Gantz, warned in a Video to the resolution and Deterrence. That the issue of security in the election campaign, is now back at the centre, is not likely to come under suspicion of corruption, the Netanyahu, however, was very inconvenient: After a hearing by Netanyahu after the election, the attorney-General intends to submit officially charges against the Prime Minister in three corruption cases.

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Hamas has, in turn, is currently struggling with internal political squabbles, and would at least have an interest in a distraction from its own problems in the coastal strip. Came on Thursday, the protests of the population against the conditions of life – manifestations of this type of strip in Gaza is unusual and for the protesters. According to reports in the dissolved Hamas-the people, the Demonstration quickly back on. In a escalation, the Hamas seems to have no interest, because Israel in case of war, to weaken the terrorist organization in the long term, or even could destroy it.

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