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Israeli’s leading paper, Ha’aretz, writes:
Sources in the defense establishment said Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepare for the operation over six months ago, even as Israel was beginning to negotiate a ceasefire agreement with Hamas. According to the sources, Barak maintained that although the lull would allow Hamas to prepare for a showdown with Israel, the Israeli army needed time to prepare, as well.
Therefore, it is certain that Israel’s massacre in Gaza is not related to any specific recent rocket attacks by Hamas.
So why did Israel choose this moment to attack Gaza?