Another major confrontation not likely despite latest Gaza violence: experts

10:10, April 07, 2010      

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by David Harris

The latest rocket attacks from Gaza and the subsequent Israeli retaliatory air strikes are most likely a one-off flare-up rather than the start of another major military confrontation, Israeli analysts said Tuesday.

A handful of Palestinians and Israelis and one foreign worker have been killed in a series of missile strikes, air raids and gun battles over the last few weeks.

It is not clear exactly what caused the increase in tension but the analysts believe neither Israel nor the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement Hamas have an interest in its continuation or its escalation.

Israeli leaders are talking up the possibility of a major operation, but at the moment the signs are that these comments are still in the realm of loose threats rather than anything concrete.

Yet despite those warnings and a reported agreement among Palestinian factions to end the attacks on Israel, rockets continued to target the Jewish state.

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