The news from Gaza

The Jerusalem Post reports that senior Hamas leader Sheikh Nizar Rayyan was killed along with several others on Thursday when the IAF bombed his Jabalya home. The Post report also notes that Rayyan was the “mufti” of Hamas’s military wing and had replaced Sheikh Ahmed Yassin as the organization’s top clerical authority after Yassin’s assassination in 2004.

The linked Post article further reports that Israel is demanding international monitors as a key term of any future truce with Gaza factions. According to unnamed government spokesmen, Prime Minister Olmert won’t agree to a truce unless international monitors take responsibility for enforcing it. Is Olmert aiming to replicate the famous victory he achieved over Hezbollah in 2006?

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