While attention is focussed on Gaza and Hamas, fighting on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon is escalating, after Hezbollah launched its biggest rocket attack into Israel today since the back-and-forth fire began in October.

The powerful Lebanese militia, deemed Tehran’s most cherished proxy group, fired a barrage of 170 rockets into northern Israel in retaliation for Israel’s killing yesterday of Taleb Abdallah, the most senior Hamas commander to die during the eight-month-long border skirmishes.