This is the sort of thing that makes Jack Straw wring his hands, but remember: before this, Hamas was retaliating for Yassin. Before that, they were retaliating for something else. And ever since their founding, they have been waging open jihad. They are on record as trying to destroy Israel utterly. Thus it is just silly to believe that if Israel didn’t target this one or that one, Hamas would suddenly stop the suicide bombings and work for peace. From Reuters, :
GAZA, Apr 18 (Reuters) The Hamas militant group today vowed ”100 retaliations” to avenge Israel’s killing of top leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi in a missile strike.
”We declare the status of alert and public readiness within all our fighting cells…until the 100 retaliations, which will shake the criminal entity, are done,” its military wing Izz al-Deen al-Qassam said in a statement.