One Israeli official even suggested that whoever planned the rocket barrage might have miscalculated.
“It’s quite likely that there was kind of an operational mistake here,” one senior Israeli suggested. “I don’t think they wanted to kill so many people, especially so many children. Maybe they were trying to hit one place or to get one effect and they got a much greater effect than they thought.”
A cogent analysis. The objective was to gain an advantage with a low key chemical assault which would incur no US or NATO response. A response that now appears imminent, and justified.