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This morning, we know, according to a report via Times of Israel, that a Grad rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in an open area just outside the southern city of Netivot (population: 27,000). They haven't heard those sirens in Netivot since November 2012 and Operation Pillar of Defense.
9:40 pm: Incoming rocket warnings heard across Israel's south. Now waiting for reliable reports of what happened. #FearfulUncertaintyYnet's report says two rocket landings were subsequently detected in open areas of southern Israel in last night's attack.
— This Ongoing War (@ThisOngoingWar) January 30, 2014
What's poorly understood by people far from here is that the terrorists who mount these lethal attacks have neither the capability nor the desire to point them at specific locations. Anywhere on the Israeli side of the fence, for them, is good enough, actually. And if their prayers are answered with deaths or injury, then their many failed attempts are justified.
In simple terms, this is the face of the terror faced by Israelis within firing range of the jihadists of Hamas-controlled Gaza.
Fortunately there were neither injuries nor damage this time, but that is never the outcome sought by those who do the firing, nor of the long supply chain that stands behind them.
In the wake of the terrorist rocket fire, IDF planes overnight struck several known centers of terrorist logistics and weapons storage. Times of Israel quotes Palestinian Arab sources saying two strikes targeted training sites of the Hamas-controlled Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza. For most consumers of news, those Israeli post-attack strikes are the only thing they will know about the drama overnight. Arabs firing rockets at Israeli homes long ago ceased to interest most editors.
But while there is almost never any coverage of the scale or frequency of attacks on civilian populations like last night's, the reality - for those who care to take a close look - is serious and getting worse.
Israel's director of Military Intelligence, Brigadier General Aviv Kochavi, whom we quoted here in 2012 and 2013, outlined the key issues to the annual Institute for National Security Studies conference this past Wednesday:
- 170,000 rockets and missiles threaten the State of Israel from all regions.
- "Up until recently, the number was much greater and it has decreased, but it will go up again."
- Despite a drop in the number of missiles and rockets threatening Israel, their level of precision has drastically risen.
- "The enemy has the capability to land mass amounts of arms on Israeli cities..."
- "For the first time the enemy now has the ability to hit Israeli cities hard..."
- Neighboring countries "are busy with themselves. They have less funds to start a war [but] there is no question there is a decrease in threats, but they have not given up." [UPI]
|Click for The Guardian's farewell to |
sunny, plucky Gaza: Where 'hope is rare' and
the training of jihadist children to kill and die
for their leaders is simply invisible
have chipped away at the resilience and fortitude of Gazans, crushing their spiritbut remains
fascinated by the place, its people, its history and its compelling complexitySadly her fascination does not move her to take a thoughtful professional look at one of Gaza's truly flourishing industries, unimpeded by shortage of raw materials or opportunity: the manufacture of children's lives, hopelessly crippled by a hatred so intense that they embrace with manifest adoration the possibility - the goal! - of their own self-destruction, just so long as they can bring death and pain to their despised Jewish enemy.
She touches very lightly on the issue, very much in passing, but places it into an appropriately-Guardian-style perspective by focusing on the stories of some of her many Gazan friends. She then sums them up with this:
These and others belie the demonic image of Gazans, often promoted by Israel. Rather, they are overwhelmingly decent people who simply want food on the table, a better life for their children, dignity, respect and freedom.She might be right. From here, it's hard to tell. We're sincere in saying we wish the positive values she projects onto the Gazans were true or would become true in our lifetimes. But with rockets being routinely fired into the homes where the children on our side sleep or go to school, and no sign - not even the smallest one - of a desire by the people of Gaza or their jihadist leadership that they understand the depths of their own barbarism, we're left with a picture of a failed society seemingly bent on deepening its own depravity.
It's a theme we feel needs to be better understood, not by the Harriet Sherwoods - they know and choose to ignore - but by those who depend on The Guardian and its like for reportage and objective analysis and are systematically failed by them.
- 27-Jan-14: In Gaza, a death cult celebrates its graduating class
- 15-Jan-14: When a society praises itself for turning its children into human bombs, whose problem is that?
- 18-Jun-13: They want their children to become killers and they say why. The rest of us are left with questions
- 4-May-13: So you thought the people who raise children to become "the fertilizer of their land" could sink no further?
- 29-Apr-13: Hamas demonstrates importance of solid education
- 27-Jan-13: Hamas' new army of children: Will the UN's and foreign funders' role in this scandal be critiqued by the news-reporting media?