Sunday, February 01, 2009

1-Feb-09: Fifteen rockets into Israel today. What's a proportionate response?

Several Israelis were injured by shrapnel during the day today (Sunday) from mortar shells fired by Palestinian terror groups in the Gaza Strip. Their mortars were directed into Israel's Sha'ar Hanegev region in the western Negev.

The Jerusalem Post says some 15 Qassam rockets and mortar shells struck Israel during today. One landed about half way between two kindergartens in the Eshkol region; one struck the beleagured southern city of Sderot; two more hit open areas nearby; a fourth landed in the Sedot Negev region.

All of these are inhabited areas. None of them is a military zone. The weaponry of the Palestinian terrorists, as always, is pointed in the direction of civilians, and preferably at children. No Israeli victims are "caught in the crossfire". They are the target. It has always been this way.

Interesting to note that Fatah - which answers to the 'moderate' Mahmoud Abbas - took credit for at least one of today's attacks.

According to television's Channel 10, the IDF sent messages by phone to Palestinian Gazans living in Khan Yunis and Rafah late this afternoon and evening warning them to evacuate their houses "immediately."

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