The aim of the Israeli operation is to stop Palestinian rocket attacks. So far that seems to have failed, despite the big loss of life, and the high civilian toll. Since Saturday night an estimated 25 rockets have landed in Israel. One Israeli woman was slightly hurt.
A total of four Israeli civilians have died since the Gaza offensive began. But with the Palestinian death toll in the hundreds, and the number of wounded in the thousands, Israel’s operation is being slammed as disproportionate and excessive. Israel shrugs off the criticism, saying the security of its people is paramount. Hamas says its rocket attacks are in response to Israeli incursions and the continuing economic blockade on Gaza, which has caused extreme hardship.