Rocket fire towards Israel (archive)
Rocket fire towards Israel (archive)Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

After the barrage of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, and ahead of the events of the coming month, a defense official estimates that the situation could lead to an escalation.

The defense establishment is marking a number of key events in the coming month: The commemorations of "Nakba Day" and "Naksa Day" on the part of the Palestinian Arabs as well as the flag march on Jerusalem Day.

On "Nakba Day", the Arabs mark what they view the “catastrophe” of the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

"Naksa Day", of "Day of Setback", is an Arab commemoration of the anniversary of the 1967 Six Day War.

"It is very doubtful that the State of Israel will get through this summer without a wide round of escalation in Gaza," the defense official assessed in a conversation with Channel 13 News.

Meanwhile, the mediation efforts that led to the end of the short round of conflict may lead to the renewal of negotiations between Israel and Hamas on an exchange deal under which the bodies of IDF soldiers and missing Israelis held by Hamas will be returned in exchange for the release of terrorists.

The Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper reported that Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations were involved in the mediation efforts between Israel and Hamas after the death of senior Islamic Jihad terrorist Khader Adnan, who died after a hunger strike of 86 days, which he held in protest of his administrative arrest.

Egyptian officials told the newspaper that the representatives of the Egyptian intelligence offered to renew the talks on an exchange deal as a way to stop the security deterioration, and even tried to convince the Israeli government to soon transfer the body of Adnan to his relatives.

According to the sources, "Israel did not properly estimate the Palestinian response to the terrorist's death, and it was clear that it was afraid of rockets being launched from the northern front as well and of other elements joining the campaign."

They further stated that "the Israeli leadership, which was also subject to the pressure of the residents who are under fire, sought to reach any arrangement as long as it would lead to a calming of the security situation."