Update: Stirling has more details, but his key point is that violence must now either fail or succeed before negotiation is possible.

Israel has expressly said that “any Hamas” is a target, including political leadership, opening the way for assassination. This, coupled with the intentional deception through diplomatic channels spells the end of any negotiated settlement until there has been a military outcome.

Well, so much for peace. Looks like Siun was right, and the deliveries yesterday were just a pathetic public relations ploy. Israel managed to assassinate the police chief, governor, and security chief. A first strike bombing like this can do a fair bit of damage, as it did, but Hamas will now disperse its people and assets, and future bombings will be less effective. Hamas missile counterattacks killed, oh, one person.