There are, too, the more diplomatic massages Hamas is sending through various channels explaining that it is interested in reaching an arrangement with Israel about the Gaza-Israel relationship. But at this stage in the negotiations, it is the weapons (and kites and balloons) that are doing most of the talking.
The various emissaries shuttling between the sides — UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov, Qatari envoy Muhammad al-Amadi, and as always, officials from Egyptian intelligence — have told Israel more than once that Hamas is not interested in war. Hamas, rather, wants a long-term arrangement that would give Israel years of quiet. In return, it seeks the lifting of what it calls the “Israeli blockade” of the Strip, meaning the manner in which Gaza is cut off from the Israeli economy. Hamas would like to see a resumption of trade with Israel, workers from Gaza being allowed to work in Israel, and other measures that would revive the territory’s ailing economy.
There is nothing spontaneous about the kite and balloon attacks. It’s an effort arranged and managed by Hamas. Its purpose is to force Israelis to pay attention to Gaza as part of Hamas’s bid for ceasefire talks — and to pressure the Netanyahu government to, ironically, pressure the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank to life the PA’s own blockade on Gaza, which has worsened the Strip’s financial crisis significantly in recent months.