Three top Hamas commanders killed in Israeli strike

Three senior Hamas military commanders have been killed in Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip, the Islamist militant group said.

Hamas named the men as Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum and said they were killed in a bombing of a house in the southern town of Rafah.

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  1. Geraint Vincent

Israeli-American relations slump to an historic low

I would say Israeli-American relations are at an historic low right now, but Tel Aviv has had Hamas rockets fired at it this evening, as did several other Israeli cities. Whilst that is happening Israel is not going to worry too much about what a White House spokesman has to say about its policies.

Having said that I think it is clear that a timetable is being worked out here for a ceasefire to happen. Israel's generals are talking about how they are going to have finished destroying all those tunnels some time in the next few days.

When they say that job is done, that will be an opportunity for a pause in the ground operation and a chance for Hamas to consider whether or not there is anything on the table worth talking about. If they decide that there is not though, and they keep firing the rockets, then the war will, I am afraid, go on.

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