Monday, February 07, 2011

7-Feb-11: Rockets again, though you wouldn't know it from reviewing the news media

It's bad enough that defensive measures taken by beleagured Israel are reflexively condemned by critics of this country's actions as a matter of routine. It's worse when  attacks by terrorist groups equipped with rockets and explosives and jihadist hatred are simply ignored - erased from the record. Our experience is that this happens routinely and that's one of the reasons we keep recording those attacks here.

Yesterday just after dark, two Qassam rockets (possibly mortars - we're awaiting details) crashed into southern Israel. They originated in Gaza whose ideological proponents delight in misleadingly calling the most densely populated place on earth - when it suits their purposes.

One Hebrew report says the explosives were mortars, fired from the southern part of the Gaza Strip, and landed in the Western Negev, in the region administered by the Eshkol Regional Council. Gulf Times published in Qatar says much the same, but it adds:
"Gaza’s main militant factions last month agreed to observe a period of calm after weeks of increased rocket fire and rising tensions along the border which prompted a warning from Arab leaders that there was a risk of a major new Israeli invasion."

Try to find any mention in the news media on which you rely.

Gulf Times' editors somehow forgot to add that despite this so-called agreement "to observe a period of calm", the terror attacks from Gaza keep coming at the rate of more than one a day. The numbers - In December 2010: 38 attacks. In January 2011: 30 attacks, including 17 rockets and 26 mortar shells, launched into Israel. Wouldn't you think agreements to observe calm, when said to have been made by avowedly terrorist groups, deserve at least a tiny measure of skepticism by objective observers? Not enough of those working in this neighbourhood, sad to say.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

2-Feb-11: Video - The rockets keep raining on southern Israel

This follows on from yesterday's blog entry in which we wrote of three additional rockets despatched into southern Israel by the terrorists of Hamas-controlled Gaza.

Here below is a thirty-second video clip captured on Monday night by the security cameras at a small and simple synagogue in Netivot where a wedding celebration was in progress.

The kind of frightening moment when a roomful of people realizes an explosion has just struck is something people outside of this neighborhood rarely think about -- and which is at the very heart of what terrorists everywhere aim to achieve.

Our appreciation to Elder of Zion for putting this up on YouTube.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

1-Feb-11: The rockets keep raining on southern Israel

Netivot, last night - site of the Grad rocket attack
on a wedding reception [Source: Ynet]
The fast-moving political and social chaos in Egypt has grabbed most of the regional news headlines. But, in Israel's southern towns and cities, the ongoing years-long state of violence perpetrated by the neighbors remains sadly in place, unchanged.

Overnight, far from the cameras and reporting now going on so intensively in Egypt, three powerful rockets were fired on Israeli communities from the jihadist-infested Gaza Strip, further terrorizing the residents (always the principal goal of the terrorist thug gangs). Fortunately the property damage was relatively minor and there are no reported injury to humans.

A Grad-type rocket (Grad is Russian for hail) crashed into Netivot, a desert city of 27,000 residents, in the driving rain and cold. It narrowly missed a synagogue building where a wedding celebration was underway, producing a deafening explosion in the grounds outside. Four people, according to JPost, were treated for shock in the  Netivot attack and a vehicle was damaged.

Several minutes after the attack on Netivot, a second Grad-type missile smashed into the beleagured town of Ofakim (population 25,000) which has the misfortune of being located a mere 15 miles or about 24 km from Gaza. Ofakim was struck in a previous Grad rocket attack by Gazan Arab terrorists in mid-November.

A third rocket - a mortar, according to JPost - crashed into open fields in southern Israel's Eshkol region, also overnight.

A Palestinian Arab news source is reporting on mass breakouts from Egyptian prisons, as well as the phenomenon of 34 "Muslim Brothers" - members of the outlawed Islamist militant/terrorist organization and including seven senior members of its leadership according to Haaretz - simply walking out of a jail, the one in Wadi Natrun north of Cairo, "unhindered after guards there abandoned their posts". There are indications that Gaza's already burgeoning stock of terrorists and bomb-makers has grown in the past few days, contributing to changes that already threaten what has been called "the specter of Israel's worst strategic nightmare... a scenario in which we see the collapse of the peace treaty with Egypt".