ter the fiercest fighting in years, a ceasefire brought relative calm to the Israeli-Gaza border Wednesday. But the decision to hold fire instead shattered the peace of Israel's coalition government. Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned in protest.>>
> He says the truce is a capitulation to terror, and that he couldn't look Israelis who live on the border in the eye.
This is how those residents felt. Protests broke out in Sderot, the Israeli city worst hit by rocket fire from Gaza. Images the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would rather not see a year before the country's next election.
In Gaza they celebrated. Hamas is calling it a victory. Since Monday, Israeli air strikes have killed seven Palestinians and destroyed several building used by Hamas. In Israel, dozens were wounded in rocket attacks from Gaza. The flare up evokes memories of the last major conflict in 2014. The enemies are making it clear that the pause is an armed standoff rather than a long term accommodation.
This fighting erupted after a botched Israeli commando mission in Gaza on Sunday turned into a gunfight and airstrikes. We know Lieberman wants harsher military action against Hamas. If the calm doesn't hold, Netanyahu will face pressure to take a tougher stance.