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GAME HAS CHANGED: Israel’s policy of restraint in Gaza is over, as airstrikes pummel Hamas on the Strip

Analysis: The airstrikes in Gaza mark a change in the retaliation policy of the defense establishment.

Ido Ben Porat

Avigdor Liberman demonstrated on Sunday for the first time that it paid off to seat him in the chair of the Defense Minister on the 14th floor of the Kirya building in Tel Aviv.

The Yisrael Beytenu chairman made it clear that the retaliation policy of the IDF has changed, and that from now on all rocket fire from Gaza into Israel will be met with a strong response from the Israeli Air Force.

Until 10:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, the response to the rocket attack on Sderot was the same as during the time of Moshe Ya’alon – the Air Force attacks some Hamas targets in Gaza hours after the shooting, and calm returns to the south until the next rocket attack.

Starting at 10:00 p.m., however, Israel made what appears to be the first attempt to change the rules of the game in Gaza: Israeli Air Force planes took off for a series of further attacks, at a large scale that had


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