Saturday, November 05, 2011

5-Nov-11: Friday night rocket attack on southern Israel, and the threat of consequences

Damage to a home in southern Israel from one of last week's
Gazan Palestinian Arab terrorists rocket attacks on civilian centers
With the Sabbath just ended, we're catching up on news of the past 24 hours. And not so surprisingly, there is more rocket-borne terrorism from Hamas-controlled Gaza. Ynet reports that a missile fired from Gaza Strip landed in an open area in the Eshkol region of southern Israel on Friday night around 9:00pm. No injuries or damage are reported. That was not the outcome sought by the terrorists, and inevitably their hopes and prayers - meaning Israeli casualties - are likely to be realized, to which there are two responses in today's news: one from Israel, the other from Egypt.

An Egyptian government official quoted in the London-based al Hayat paper (he's un-named in the report we saw) warned the Gaza regime today that continued escalation and rocket fire directed at Israeli cities could prompt a military operation in the Strip. Egypt, he said "cannot continue pushing the Israeli side and prevent it from striking Gaza, especially when the other Palestinian factions are not committed to keeping the lull."

The former head of Israel's security services (Shin Bet chief) Avi Dichter (today a member of Knesset in the Kadima party) is quoted today saying "Israel will be forced to reconquer Gaza and disband the terror infrastructure if no other political solution is reached with the help of neighboring countries."

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