One of the other rockets exploded on the grounds of Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon while hospital staff were in the midst of dealing with an influx of casualties from the attacks on nearby Sderot.
Let's be clear that this is warfare. (Sound obvious? Not to everyone. Read on.)
In today's Wall Street Journal, Bret Stephens observes that Israel is urged by almost every international agency and foreign government to limit its response to the murderous attacks of the terrorists to something proportionate.
"What does that mean? Does the "proportion" apply to the intention of those firing the Kassams -- to wit, indiscriminate terror against civilian populations? In that case, a "proportionate" Israeli response would involve, perhaps, firing 2,500 artillery shells at random against civilian targets in Gaza. Or should proportion apply to the effects of the Kassams -- an exquisitely calibrated, eye-for-eye operation involving the killing of a dozen Palestinians and the deliberate maiming or traumatizing of several hundred more? Surely this isn't what advocates of proportion have in mind. What they really mean is that Israel ought to respond with moderation. But the criteria for moderation are subjective. Should Israel pick off Hamas leaders who are ordering the rocket attacks? The European Parliament last week passed a resolution denouncing the practice of targeted assassinations. Should Israel adopt purely economic measures to punish Hamas for the Kassams? The same resolution denounced what it called Israel's "collective punishment" of Palestinians. Should Israel seek to dismantle the Kassams through limited military incursions? This, too, has the unpardonable effect of resulting in too many Palestinian casualties, which are said to be "disproportionate" to the number of Israelis injured by the Kassams. By these lights, Israel's presumptive right to self-defense has no practical application as far as Gaza is concerned. Instead, Israel is counseled to allow goods to flow freely into the Strip, and to negotiate a cease-fire with Hamas."Read Bret Stephen's entire article, The Sderot Calculus.
Today, US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice called in Tokyo for the jihadist rocket attacks on Israel to stop. But in the real world no one imagines that will happen and in fact several more rounds of rocket fire were directed at Israel this morning (it's still not noon). Today's casualties include the bodyguard of Israel's minister of public security Avi Dichter, who was injured by shrapnel close to where some of yesterday's rockets landed.
Let's be clear: this is going to continue until it's forcefully stopped by our side. The bitter history of this ongoing war should leave no one in any doubt about that.