Tuesday, December 16, 2008

16-Dec-08: There's still a truce?

The terrorists of Gaza, not content with massive soviet-style rallies earlier this week (see the picture at right) and highly-public warnings about an imminent end to their "commitment" to a "truce", busied themselves today with steady bombardment. As usual, their target was any part of Israel within reach.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror organization claimed responsibility for firing four Qassam rockets from Gaza into Israel at 8:45 this morning (Tuesday). All four landed in open fields in the Eshkol region, near the Israeli border with Gaza.

Three more rockets (and unconfirmed reports say six) were fired into Israel from Gaza later today. One of them landed next on a school sports field near Sderot where a group of youngsters were playing soccer. One boy, suffering from shock, was evacuated by Magen David Adom ambulance medics for hospitalization.

The IDF later found, bombed and destroyed the rocket launcher near Khan Younis in southern Gaza.

Meantime, Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak is continuing to call for an extension of a cease-fire with Hamas in the Gaza area: "We are not deterred from an operation in Gaza but we are also not rushing into one. Calm will be met by calm. But if there is no choice we will act when and where we see fit."

It's highly likely, given what we know about terrorism in general and the Hamas regime in particular, that no one is listening.

YNet points out that in all of 2007, more than 1,200 rockets and 600 mortar shells were fired into Israel from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. 2008 is not yet over, and the total for this year is close to 2,900 rockets.