Rockets continue to rain down on southern Israel as the IDF remains steadfast in its policy of responding to each rocket attack. IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz told reporters that Hamas is allowing other terrorist organizationsthat operate in the Gaza strip to fire rockets into Israel. According to Gantz, Hamas is testing Israel to see how they will respond to each attack, andare turning a blind eye to the individuals responsible for firing the rockets.
The IDFs policy is to retaliate for each attack, given that the response is limited in scope. The IDF does not want to escalate the situation to the point where it is dragged into a full confrontation with Hamas and prefers to minimize its response so long as the rockets that land in Israel do not cause severe damage.
Israeli forces continue to be on high alert, while the defense establishment is anticipating an increase of violence in the lead up to the UN General Assembly vote for a Palestinian state this September.