An important topic, one covered many times at MW, especially by phil and james. much appreciate this rundown by Shupak.
but.. i couldn’t help from noticing that my recollection of the primary onset of the 2014 summer slaughter, or primary backdrop or climate, was completely absent.
while i totally agree the Nakba Day killings were related, weeks before the kidnapping saw a parade of israeli officials going on US media claiming (as oren did) “youths may not even be dead”, the body was exhumed and day before the teens were kidnapped was the day it was announced “Autopsy reveals Nakba Day protester killed by live ammunition”
but let’s go back a couple weeks before that. one may recall the end of the 2013-2014 “peace process” was halted by israel not carrying out their end of the bargain and releasing prisoners. instead, they said ‘if you agree to more negotiations then we’ll release them’. palestine was going to go to the UN, and had agreed to hold off on that and enter this process for the prisoner exchange. when israel refused, palestine said no (remember kerry said “poof” and blamed israel), and hamas and fatah agreed to a unity deal in preparation to go to the hague.
there’s nothing like a palestinian unity deal to get israel’s rankles up. on june 3rd we reported “Palestinian unity deal pits Netanyahu & Congress against White House” https://mondoweiss.net/2014/06/palestinian-netanyahu-congress/
just take a look at the total freakout going on in netanyahu’s tweets. the build up of pressure was insane. it was this backdrop that led to israel’s provocative attack gaza june 11, prior to the kidnapping. and as your link to weekly events confirms, https://www.ochaopt.org/content/protection-civilians-weekly-report-10-16-june-2014 “large scale military operations have been ongoing since june 13th”.
israel put the west bank on total lockdown and started rearresting prisoners that had previously been released in the shalit exchange. we reported June 21, 2014:
“Israel has arrested 330 people in the West Bank since the 3 Israeli teens went missing a week ago. On Friday its soldiers shot and killed two Palestinian youths, three overall in the last week”
you write “the first rockets fired from Gaza were on June 13th”, i recalled it differently, that the rockets started after the massive sweeping night raids and abductions of previously released prisoners. here’s wiki’s recollection of attacks during that time period: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Palestinian_rocket_attacks_on_Israel_in_2014
A rocket was fired early Sunday morning at the Eshkol region. The rocket landed in a field and no casualties were reported. 
A rocket fired from Gaza narrowly missed a main artery in southern Israel as it landed in a nearby dirt field without causing any injuries.
2 of 3 rockets fired from Gaza fell in the Hof Ashkelon regional council in the afternoon. No injuries or damage were reported.
In Ashkelon a series of explosions were heard in the evening. 4 rockets were fired from Gaza, 2 of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome. Fragments of the rockets fell across the city. There were no reports of injuries or material damages.
i don’t think it could be said rocket fire from gaza on june 13th initiated anything significant. it was only after the invasion of the west bank …
furthermore (and i know i reported this somewhere but don’t have a source for it at this moment), netanyahu was taking political hits from the settlers months earlier, their biggest complaint was making concessions to return palestinian prisoners, the exchanges. so the immediate response to the kidnapping of weeks of lockdown of the WB, the rearrest of over 500 ex prisoners (as i recall), especially finding out later all along they already knew the kidnapped teens were dead, under the pretext of finding them, all of that, considering the massive freakout over palestine unity and going to the UN (remember how they plummeted gaza for weeks in 2012 “Pillar of Cloud” before palestine went to the UN for the statehood bid: “Palestinian UN envoy: Attack was ‘deliberately timed to torpedo the UN vote’” https://mondoweiss.net/2012/11/palestinian-un-envoy-attack-was-deliberately-timed-to-torpedo-the-un-vote/).
it’s history repeating itself.
the kidnapping was used as a pretext for the summer slaughter, another grass mowing was already in the works.
Alex Kane reported on June 18, 2014 “How Israel is exploiting the reported kidnapping to weaken Palestinian reconciliation” https://mondoweiss.net/2014/06/exploiting-palestinian-reconciliation/
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has linked the abductions to the unity government.
“You remember that Israel warned the international community about the dangers of endorsing the Fatah-Hamas unity pact,” Netanyahu said in a statement on the abductions. “I believe that the dangers of that pact now should be abundantly clear to all.”
when we consider the brutal 2014 summer slaughter, it’s important to recall the backdrop of that war. it wasn’t the kidnappings, or rockets from gaza, it was the threat of palestinian unity, the hague, and netanyahu’s political fortunes, getting back those prisoners at all costs.
but, israel thought it would be a walk in the park, they didn’t expect all those rockets…