We refer, of course, to yet another explosive-laden rocket, fired entirely indiscriminately around 12:30 this morning in the general direction of where the Jews live. Reports of the attack says the missile landed somewhere (details are deliberately sketchy, always - if you have to ask why, you should not know) in the Hof Ashkelon region of southern Israel in the early hours of this morning, Thursday. As far as we know, there were no injuries to people, no damage to property.
To convey something of the reality behind the anonymous reporting, Hof Ashkelon encompasses some 19 communities, including five kibbutzim, eleven moshavim, two communal settlements and a youth village. The kibbutzim are Gevaram, Karmia, Nitzanim, Yad Mordechai and Zikim. The moshavim are Beit Shikma, Berekhya, Ge'a, Heletz, Hodia, Kokhav Michael, Mashen, Mavki'im, Nir Yisrael, Netiv HaAsara and Talmei Yafeh. The communal settlements are Bat Hadar and Nitzan, and the one youth village is called Kfar Silver .
Though this event will - sadly - make no impression outside the immediate vicinity, the terrorists' gift was important: a reminder to us as we celebrate with our families and our communities on this beautiful spring day, Israel's 64th birthday as a modern nation-state: they really hate us over there (you can point in any direction from here in Jerusalem and you will be right).
And they are ready, willing, able, anxious and thoroughly equipped to express that hatred in tangible, lethal ways.
That there is not greater loss is entirely due to the mercy of the Above, and the diligence and determination of the servicemen and servicewomen who guard our borders and homes.
Happy birthday, Israel, and may our country continue to go from strength to strength to strength to strength. Now, excuse us as we head off for our family's Independence Day picnic.