Hostilities Continue in Gaza
The massive Israeli attack on Gaza may be over, but the hostilities are nowhere near over. Hamas has fired a small amount of rockets to Israel, including one which fell near Sderot last night. A few hours before, the Air Force struck a weapon manufacturing facility in response to a rocket launched at the Eshkol Regional Council.
Hamas leader in exile, Khaled Mashaal, spoke to Al-Jazeera from Qatar. He rejected the Israeli truce plan which promised to open the Israel-Gaza border crossing in exchange for the return of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit. He says Hamas will only return Shalit in exchange for the release of prisoners and called Israeli PM Olmert a child killer.
For eight years the Israeli government did not respond in any way to rockets launched from Gaza at its citizens. Yesterday Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Israel would respond to any attack on its territory. This may be the greatest change brought about by the Gaza war.