Today a bit before 1:30 in the afternoon a senior member of Hamas was quoted as saying today would be the last cease fire extension – and it seems so.
At 3:48 in the afternoon three rockets were fired off toward the south of Israel landing in open areas near Ber Sheva.
It took Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu about 18 minuets to respond with an order for the Israeli Defense Forces to retaliate.
The Prime Minister also ordered the Israeli delegation in Cairo negotiating for a permanent cease fire to the hostilities home to Israel.
Thus is may be, at the time of posting this, that Mr. Netanyahu got an 'out' for having to push through his Security Cabinet an unpopular list of concessions with no real demilitarization from Hamas – Israel's main demand.
A poll taken yesterday reveals that the overwhelming majority of Jewish Israelis want the operation Protective Edge to continue until Hamas is destroyed or surrenders.
(I have just received word that more Israeli airstrikes have hit Gaza.)
It is possible that international diplomacy may be exerted on the sides in order to place pressure and ensure there is no further fire and quiet returns.
Some Arab sources are saying the Israeli's themselves launched the rockets from within Gaza in order to sabotage the peace talks.
(A fourth rocket has now been launched landing in an open field in Israel.)
Lets pray that quiet will prevail and the delegations return to their work of negotiations – leading to an end of violence.
Middle East Correspondent