A Hamas commander at the scene said people had gathered to show that the demolition strategy of the Israelis could be defeated.
An Israeli military spokesman confirmed to Reuters news agency that the raid had been called off because of the Palestinian action.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
The great Israeli historian Martin van Creveld argued, years ago, that the occupation must end because of the "power of the weak", that eventually the degree of violence that would be needed to maintain it would destroy Israeli moral cohesion. It seems someone on the other side has read him. Within the last month we've seen a mass protest by hundreds of women being staged to spring a group of Hamas men from a building they were surrounded in, and now an airstrike is called off as civilians surround the target. Ruthlessness is harder than you think.