The most potent weapon in the hands of Hamas is heralding the death toll that “Protective Edge” inflicted on Gaza as it provides an easy justification for a wall to wall condemnation of Israel and unleashes atavistic antisemitism. Israel’s sensitivity to World opinion and pressure by its large peacenik sector weakens its opportunities for resolving by negotiation the security issues that were the causes of the bloodshed. With this logic in mind, I believe renewal of the hostilities is not far away. It will start with mortar shelling or opening of a new tunnel by a so-called ” break away” group, with no or meek Israeli reprisal. The next step is a long range rocket salvo that draws Israeli fire. Escalation ensues toward the next cycle of “carnage”, cease fire, renewed rockets spiraling down into Dante’s inferno. My utmost wish, I am wrong.