Wednesday, June 22, 2011

22-Jun-11: Incoming rockets on Israel, again - and Israel's reaction

A Palestinian-Arab Qassam rocket from Hamas-controlled Gaza exploded yesterday (Tuesday) in an open area in Israel's southern Eshkol region [source and source]. Half an hour earlier, a mortar shell from the same source struck the same area. Fortunately in both attacks, no injuries or damage were reported. We point out again (as we do whenever such attacks happen) that this is not due to a lack of desire by the terrorists. Their indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets invariably seek civilian - as opposed to military or strategic - victims. However they usually fail due to the incompetence of the missile operators.

Yesterday's rocket attacks came at about the same time Israel gave the green light to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) building some $100 of new houses and schools in the Gaza Strip, and importing to Gaza (via the Israeli crossing) building materials for 18 new schools and 1,200 new houses. Ethan Bronner of the New York Times points out that Israel controls the cargo crossings into Gaza and has banned construction materials like concrete and steel from going in for fear that Hamas will incorporate them into weapons and bunkers.

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