“Hamas and Israel remain bitter enemies, but neither wants an all-out war, and so both sought to prevent a day’s escalation from turning into something far more devastating” [VIDEO]

The curious common interest behind the rapid Gaza-Israel flare-up and flare-down
by Avi Issacharoff
May 30, 2018

With the tailing off of the Gaza conflict, and the end to the barrages into Israel and the IDF’s counterstrikes, it’s plain that the shared desire of both Hamas and Israel for a return to “normality,” and the avoidance of war, prevailed. Proof of this is that the status quo ante has been restored, with no change to the previous understandings between the sides. Israel and Hamas recommitted to their familiar formula: quiet will be met with quiet. Neither side wants an escalation. To use a boxing analogy, Islamic Jihad and Hamas, and then Israel, put on the gloves for 24 hours, but heeded the bell and retired to their corners at the end of the round. READ MORE

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MIDDLE EAST MONITOR PA threatens to cut security ties with Israel if Gaza blockade lifted The Palestinian Authority (PA) has threatened to sever security cooperation with Israel if the blockade on the Gaza Strip is lifted, according to the Palestine Information Centre. Quoting Hebrew media sources, the news site reported that the PA intelligence chief Majed Faraj sent a letter to his Israeli counterpart Nadav Argaman warning him against any action that would help alleviate the suffering of the population in Gaza.

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