Denies reports of crisis with Egypt, says ‘ties are strong,' Israel would consider request to insert more troops into Sinai.FP: An example of how Israel signals weakness and invites attacks: why is it necessary to reveal that it won’t take certain actions, even if does not intend to? (see also next). And evidence of lack of strategic thinking: what happens with all the troops flowing into Sinai when a hostile government takes over in Egypt and takes Israeli weakness signals at face value?
Barak: IDF won't tolerate rocket attacks from Gaza
Defense minister says third Iron Dome battery to be installed within weeks, states that gov't would allow Egyptian soldiers in Sinai.FP: Don’t you like the consistency of Israel’s big mouth leaders? Won’t tolerate, but no new Cast Lead. I’m sure that deters further attacks.
And the Egyptian military are clearly proving that they are worthy of sufficient trust to allow them to flood Sinai with troops (see next).
Aharonovitch: Rocket attacks on South will continue
Public security minister says citizens should act accordingly; Deputy PM: Gov't mulling possibility of ground invasion in Gaza.