Since this morning, Hamas, the 'palestinian' terrorist Government of the Gaza Strip has fired 78 missiles into the civilian South of Israel, injuring 5 people, 2 of them critically. School has been cancelled and 1 million residents have been instructed to remain in sheltered places. A House on Kibbutz Reim suffered a direct hit, and several others have been damaged. Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich of the IDF Spokesman’s unit informs that Two foreign nationals ~ Thai farm workers from the Kissufim area ~ were critically wounded by rocket fire and three or four additional civilians are suffering from lighter injuries. Dozens more, especially children, have been traumatised and are suffering PTSD symptoms. The Home Front Command has ordered all civilians in the region to stay near their air-raid shelters and safe rooms as, due to their proximity to the Gaza Strip, they have only 15 seconds in which to find cover.
Lt. Col. Leibovich of the IDF stressed that all the targets of today’s rocket fire into Israel were, once again, civilian targets including small agricultural communities. She also noted that the majority of the rocket fire took place ~ as is frequently the case ~ during the early morning when children are on their way to school and adults travelling to work. Property damage was widespread, with at least one home sustaining a direct hit. The explosion occurred several feet from a man and wife who were eating breakfast, but the angle of the rocket caused the shrapnel to fly in the opposite direction, sparing the couple from injuries. All schools and kindergartens in the area are closed. Traffic is being reported as unusually light in the city.
The Iron Dome missile defence system intercepted seven rockets fired from Gaza this Wednesday morning towards the southern port city of Ashkelon. Thirteen more rockets caused widespread damage locally where they fell. On Wednesday afternoon, the Iron Dome system near Ashkelon intercepted another Grad Katyusha missile, the eighth to be destroyed in less than 24 hours. Gaza terrorists fired a barrage of eight rockets and mortar shells at the Ashkelon Regional Council district between noon and 1:30 p.m., but miraculously no one was physically injured in the attack. Numerous residents, however, were traumatized by this terror, and those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) resulting from previous attacks had symptoms triggered by the barrage.
Lt. Col. Leibovich also gave details of the IDF’s responses to the rocket attacks ..... At midnight last night the IDF targeted a rocket-launching squad comprising three Hamas terrorists. At 5 a.m. this morning the IDF targeted another squad which had just launched a rocket. At 7 a.m. the IDF targeted a rocket launching site: one of the pits dug by the terrorists in which the rocket-launcher is placed. And at 8:20 a.m. the IDF targeted a weapons smuggling tunnel and other sites in the northern Gaza Strip. The IDF’s retaliatory strikes killed at least one terrorist, the day after three others were struck down by aerial bombings. Throughout the morning, Israeli aircraft again raided northern Gaza, targeting a "terror tunnel" and other sites, as ground troops fired at "terror activity sites" in some cases with tank shells. The IDF continues to retaliate, but officers readily admit they cannot prevent a massive onslaught of rockets, unless the military carries out a large-scale operation and possibly a ground incursion of Gaza. My only response to this is ....... WHAT ARE THEY WAITING FOR??????
Operation Cast Lead II is Long Overdue........ These Attacks are Acts of War. Accordingly, War needs to be declared on these terrorists!!
Defence Minister Ehud Barak issued the usual warnings to Hamas that if it does not cease firing, it will bear the consequences. But, he did not spell out what measures would be taken, but ground invasions, such as that in the Operation Cast Lead operation four years ago, have been the only vehicle to curtail rocket attacks. After each withdrawal, the attacks resume, whether immediately or several weeks later, as has been the experience since the government expelled all Jews from Gaza and withdrew all military personnel in the summer of 2005. And today's attacks and counter–attacks are the largest surge in violence since June. The latest escalation began on Tuesday evening, shortly after the end of a high-profile visit to Gaza by the emir of Qatar, who was the first foreign leader to visit Gaza since Hamas ousted Fatah leaders from the area five years ago. He brought with him $250 million earmarked for public projects, but said, “We would be happy if Gaza is built up and produces jobs". It is unthinkable that the emir of Qatar can come and give millions of dollars and they shoot rockets as a result.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today toured an Iron Dome battery near Ashkelon. During the tour he made the following remarks .... "We neither chose nor initiated this escalation but if it continues we are prepared for much more extensive and deeper action. In any case, we will continue with preventative operations. Whoever intends to attack Israeli citizens needs to know that he will bear the consequences. Today, I decided to accept a joint recommendation, along with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter, to complete the protection for residents of the south. As you know, we are protected up to 4.5 kilometers from the border with the Gaza Strip and we are protected up to a range of 7 kilometers thanks to Iron Dome batteries like the one you see here behind me, and we will continue to add Iron Dome batteries, which are operating very well. On the seam between 4.5 kilometers of full protection and the 7 kilometers afforded by Iron Dome, there is an area in which only educational institutions are protected, and I have decided today – following the staff work that I received – to adopt protection for this entire area, between 4.5 and 7 kilometers, and thus we will complete the defense of the residents of the south."
Why do the IDF continually supply Gaza with Food and every requirement for life ??????
Different tactics now need to be tried. Like turning off the electric supply to Gaza. Like turning off the water supply. It is supplied by Israel. Like enforcing a total embargo by land and by sea. Nothing goes in, nothing goes out. By shutting down access to the Temple Mount to Arabs in Israel. By putting the PA hierarchy in Ramallah under seige. By assassinating the Hamas leadership, one after the next after the next. Same with convicted Arab prisoners held in Israeli jails. By returning Israeli's to their surrendered homes in Gush Katif and other sites in Gaza. And most of all be resuming the "ground operations" it successfully engaged in 2008's 'Operation Cast Lead'. It's time for Cast Lead II to commence.
Why are 'palestinian' supplies allowed in to Gaza? Why are "ambulances" allowed out? This happened this afternoon with two Gaza residents attending appointments in Israeli hospitals for treatments. Who knows what they are capable of carrying into Israeli cities. Why allow it??
And of course the world's media are reporting it under the headline "Israel strikes Gaza in response to rockets", which gives the impression Israel is the aggressor. What else???