Tuesday, August 23, 2011

23-Aug-11: The rockets of Monday, the relative calm (so far) of Tuesday

BBC World Service is reporting that the government of Israel and the Gazan Hamas regime have agreed on a ceasefire. The past five days of fighting started with a terrorist incursion from Gaza into southern Israel on Thursday. 8 Israelis died that day when Palestinian gunmen attacked civilian buses and cars, murdering 8 Israelis in cold-blood and at close range.

It's now 2:00 pm on a hot Tuesday afternoon. Yesterday, several more explosive-laden rockets were fired into Israel's general direction in the Gazan/Islamist version of Russian Roulette ("we don't care who or what gets hit - it's all Jewish and Israeli so we win"). Israel's official policy has been to responded in minimal fashion in the interests of telegraphing the message that escalation is not Israel's plan. Is it working?

From the YeshaNews (Hebrew) site, this chronology and approximate description of the Israeli sites hit Monday:

Monday 12:15 am - Rocket crashed into open land adjoining a kibbutz in the Eshkol region
Monday 12:50 am - A Qassam crashed into open land close to a kibbutz in the Sha'ar Henegev region
Monday 1:20 am - The Iron Dome defence system brought down a missile heading for the city of Ashkelon
Monday 7:30pm - As we reported yesterday, multiple firings of rockets aimed at the city of Ashkelon, and into the Hof Ashkelon region.
Monday 9:55pm - Rocket crashed into open land near a kibbutz in the Hof Ashkelon region.

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