A day after the largest exchange of rocket fire between Israel and Hamas since 2014, Israel is blaming Iran for supplying both Hamas and Islamic Jihad with advanced surface-to-surface missiles, capable of traveling longer distances to hit targets inside southern Israel.
Blame for Tuesday's somewhat brief yet very intense round of violence was predictably put on the shoulders of the Iranians by Israeli officials. The Jerusalem Post cites Brig. Gen. (ret.) Yossi Kuperwasser, the former director general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and an IDF Military Intelligence division head, as saying Tuesday's violence was "encouraged by the Iranians" — though offering no concrete evidence beyond past references.
Meanwhile , even as a reported Egyptian-assisted Israeli-Hamas tenuous ceasefire has continued to hold through Wednesday. Israel has denied early reports that it reached a ceasefire with Gazan militant groups; however, fighting is widely reported to have ceased by evening Wednesday.