Did the IAF succeed in killing Muhammad Deif in last night’s bombing of the house in Gaza? That is the question that the Israeli press is chewing on tonight. My take is that of course it will be a blow to Hamas if he was taken out, but a strong message was still sent out even if he survived (again).
The Israel Air Force did not hesitate to bomb the house, even when they knew that Deif’s wife and children were there.
This is a change from the usual procedure of calling off strikes when civilians are in danger.
All of the other leaders in Hamas will now take note that their families are not safe. (I wonder how many wives and children will now be given shelter in the tunnels?) They also know that after being separated from the family for a long time, Israeli planes are still hovering and waiting for them to appear aboveground and “help” them to become the shahidim that they supposedly want to be.
Perhaps after this latest round of rockets, the self preservation instinct will kick in and Hamas will come to think that this round is over.