Day 3 latest update: Sirens and blast in Tel Aviv

Running for cover in Tel Aviv

Running for cover in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is beginning to get just a slight taste of the hell that the residents of the south have been suffering for 8 years: another missile fell in Tel Aviv – and this time I heard it.  As I said in a previous post, this is starting to bring back memories of Gulf War I when we were under a 6-week attack by Scuds from Iraq.

13:31 Air raid sirens sound across the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. Residents are advised to take cover.

This is the second time since the 1991 Gulf War that air raid sirens have gone off in the center of the country, the first time being last night.

There’s an explosion outside Tel Aviv after the rocket lands in an open area. No injuries or damage are reported.

Some more good diplomatic news:

13:29  Hamas is responsible for the outbreak of violence with Israel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday, and she has called on Cairo to convince Hamas to end hostilities, AFP reports.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, November 15. (photo credit: AP/Michael Sohn)

“The federal chancellor calls on the Egyptian government to use its influence on Hamas to push it towards a moderation of the violence,” Merkel’s deputy spokesman Georg Streiter told reporters.

“There is no justification for firing rockets on Israel which are causing massive suffering to the Israeli population,” Streiter added.

Merkel has joined several other Western countries, including the US, in condemning the Palestinian group.

May the rest of the day and Shabbat go safely and quietly. I’m heading out to the Shomron after all – both to take shelter and to help my daughter (+5 kids)  since her husband (a chaplain and officer in the IDF) has to be on duty over Shabbat.

I’ll be a babysitting refugee! Or a fugitive babysitter. Take your pick. :-)

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2 Responses to Day 3 latest update: Sirens and blast in Tel Aviv

  1. peteca1 says:

    Anne – interesting feedback. I hope you send more firsthand comments.

    I was away for a couple of days. The news in the USA really picked up the sequence of events when the IDF made the pinpoint attacks against the Hamas leaders (in vehicles) in Gaza. Unfortunately, this conveyed a very misleading message to Americans who don’t follow the ME news closely. It made it sound as though Israel was really responsible for the escalation of the conflict in Gaza – since there was no mention of the large number of rocket firings in the previous week. This is very frustrating, and I am sure it must be quite maddening to Israeli’s. Adding to the “perception problem” is that the media do carry the close-up TV images of the strikes on the Hamas vehicles by the IDF – because the IDF has very good video footage. So the news shows these pictures because that’s what’s available. But since when does Hamas ever show high-resolution footage of all the harassment they cause by firing rockets?? So the entire picture being conveyed by the media is heavily distorted.

    Anyway – I can’t help thinking that the current set of events is entirely premeditated by Hamas … and my theory is that it all boils down to money. Good old-fashioned financial support … still the root of a lot of crimes in this world. It seems clear that Hamas deliberately escalated the rocket fire – knowing that Israel would have to respond. So by getting these pictures into the media they stir up a new round of emotions from Middle Eastern viewers – and this allows them to get more funding from their secret backers. And possibly more advanced weapons – like the missiles hitting Tel Aviv. Do you remember when Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (from Qatar) went to Gaza just a few weeks ago?? It seems highly likely that all these events are linked. I’m sure your intelligence agencies are looking at it in more detail. Hamas does not care if they take some casualties of their own – it is more useful for them to get media coverage and money.
    Pete, USA

    • anneinpt says:

      Hi Pete, thanks for this very good comment. for more updates read my latest posts.

      The news in the USA really picked up the sequence of events when the IDF made the pinpoint attacks against the Hamas leaders (in vehicles) in Gaza. Unfortunately, this conveyed a very misleading message to Americans who don’t follow the ME news closely. It made it sound as though Israel was really responsible for the escalation of the conflict in Gaza – since there was no mention of the large number of rocket firings in the previous week.

      Exactly. this is what I call the “Israel hit back first syndrome” and you’re right, it is EXTREMELY frustrating for Israelis. I blogged about the initial rocket attacks here and here and a post on the non-coverage of these events by the UK media. And the US and rest of the world media are just as bad. So the average reader thinks that Israel just got up one day and decided to kill the Hamas leader or bomb Gaza just because it felt like it. It is so incredibly unfair.

      Adding to the “perception problem” is that the media do carry the close-up TV images of the strikes on the Hamas vehicles by the IDF – because the IDF has very good video footage.

      Also because the world media follow Israel’s every move with a microscope and ignore the terrorists because – “well, it’s just some Israelis who are getting rocketed. Who cares about that”. Israel hitting back is a “man bites dog” moment apparently.

      So the entire picture being conveyed by the media is heavily distorted.

      Bingo! Thank you.

      I can’t help thinking that the current set of events is entirely premeditated by Hamas … and my theory is that it all boils down to money.

      It could be but I think it’s more likely that they’ve become emboldened by the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the Arab world following the Arab “Spring”, particularly in Egypt. Also the re-election of Obama whom they perceive as weak has also given them a boost.

      I don’t think their arms come from Qatar, or even their funds. The Qatari minister visited Gaza for his own reasons, probably to placate his Muslim Brotherhood rivals who would like to seize power from him and are stirring up trouble there.

      Hamas’s arms and finance come primarily from Iran who seem to have an inexhaustible supply of arms and money, hence the vital importance of sanctions on them.

      I’m sure your intelligence agencies are looking at it in more detail. Hamas does not care if they take some casualties of their own – it is more useful for them to get media coverage and money.

      Oh, you can be sure of that!

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