Jerusalem Post – Twelve hours before rocket sirens began sounding in southern Israel on Wednesday evening, Hamas was expressing optimism about an agreement with Israel. Goods would flow through the Kerem Shalom crossings, there would be a five year ceasefire and Hamas would return bodies and captives as well as stop the kite intifada of burning Israel’s fields. The UN and Egypt were also optimistic that the ceasefire would happen. It was not to be; 150 rockets were fired over night.

In retrospect, the signs were already there. Hamas had evacuated several of its observation structures along the border, leading to concerns.

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