The restrained action taken by Israel following the long-range rocket attack from Gaza on Wednesday likely signaled Israel's desire to end the escalation at this stage, national security expert Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Giora Eiland told The Jerusalem Post.
"There are times when we know things that aren't published in the media. Sometimes, a response is given to punish or harm the other side, and create new parameters. In such cases, the reply has to be strong," Eiland, former National Security Advisor and head of Operations Branch at the IDF, said.
But "in other times, you react to send the message that you've reacted, and you send the signal that the incident is over," he added. "The message says, 'I had to act, but this should not be interpreted as the start of something.'"