Hamas has responded following Israel’s Wednesday attack on the Gaza strip that took out the leader of Hamas’s military wing. Three Israeli civilians were killed Thursday, as Hamas fired rockets into southern Israel. Israel spent a second consecutive day Thursday firing on weapons depots, rocket launching sites and other locations in Gaza pushing the Palestinian death toll over the last two days at 15 (7 civilians). The regional reaction led by Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has been been to condemn Israel and stand by the Palestinian people. Egypt was once Israel’s only reliable ally in the area.
Israel has also faced some criticism for warning Hamas operatives, via the Israel Defense Forces official Twitter account, to not “show their faces above ground in the days ahead,” and then more or less live-blogging their military operations; including releasing a Youtube video of the air strike that killed Hamas leader Ahmed Jabari.
The shelling back and forth could go on for days between Israel and Hamas, and ground forces are preparing for what some worry could escalate into an all-out war. On ‘Real News’ Thursday the panel discussed how this could become a ‘nightmare scenario’ for the Obama administration and hopes for peace in the Arab world beyond Israel.