Thursday, August 08, 2013

8-Aug-13: Peace talks underway so - naturally - get the children ready for incoming rocket attacks

Residents of southern Israel's Eshkol region were awakened at about 1:30 this morning, Thursday, by the dreaded sound of incoming rocket fire. Times of Israel says this is what happened:
No sirens as Gaza rockets fall in southern Israel | Times of Israel |  August 8, 2013, 1:49 am Updated: August 8, 2013, 6:46 am |
Several rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed overnight Wednesday in the Eshkol region of southern Israel. No injuries were reported and no damage was immediately apparent. Residents reported hearing several explosions, but said that they did not hear warning sirens in the area. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that teams would comb the vicinity for the rockets’ landing sites on Thursday morning. Rocket fire from the Strip has been sporadic since an eight-day Israeli campaign against Gaza terrorists last November. 
Eshkol with a population of 12,500 is home to more than thirty communities, among them 14 kibbutzim, 15 moshavim and the villages of Avshalom, Tzochar and Shlomit. Physically desolate, the area is testament to what creative and determined people with achievement, prosperity and progress on their minds can do. Their proximity to the Gaza viper's nest with its arsenal of rockets and mortars and vast stashes of explosives and guns, often tucked away inside Hamas-controlled schools, hospitals and mosques and therefore shielded - in the customary way - by the local civilian population, makes them an all-too-easy target.

There's no overt belligerence being sounded by the Hamas leadership in these relatively laid-back hot August days. So why another round of Israel-bound rockets?

The Times of Israel report explains:
The past several weeks, however, have seen an uptick in attacks, as preparations progressed for peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. [ToI]
That's how things work when you seek to live quiet, constructive lives in the physical vicinity of Islamist-dominated, jihadist political entities like today's Gaza Strip. Make the effort to start talking peace, and get your bomb shelters ready.

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