Pillar of Cloud Day 8: Massive rocket fire on the south, bus bomb in Tel Aviv

I’m blogging from work so this will be a very quick post and I’ll update as I can during the day:

News has just come in of an explosion on a bus near the Kirya (Defense Ministry HQ). There are several people injured.

A terrorist blew blown up a Dan local bus on Shaul HaMelech street in central Tel Aviv aroun noon. At least three people are seriously wounded. No one was killed.

There are at least seven other passengers wounded, most of them with lesser injuries, and ambulances have evacuated them to hospitals.

Eyewitnesses said that that the terrorist boarded the bus, placed a suspicious package there and then fled. Police are searching for him.

Authorities said there was no advanced warning of a terrorist attack.

No terrorist group has yet taken responsibility for the attack, but Islamic Jihad and Hamas have threatened to strike anywhere in Israel.

Bus bomb in Tel Aviv

Bus bomb in Tel Aviv

Bus bomb in Kirya

Bus bomb in Kirya

Meanwhile the south is getting pounded by missiles and rockets. This is the summary from the Times of Israel live-blog:

Rocket scores direct hit on home near Be’er Tuvia; airstrikes Tuesday killed 30 terrorists in the act of launching rockets, IDF spokesman says;

To be updated.

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17 Responses to Pillar of Cloud Day 8: Massive rocket fire on the south, bus bomb in Tel Aviv

  1. Aridog says:

    How anyone anywhere can envision peaceful solution to this continuing atrocity angers me. Now that I am officially a member of the nation of eunuchs, there is little I can do. Rockets have been flying from Hamas/Gaza for years, it isn’t new … the Ashkelon rocket/rose sculpture I have dates to early 2009. Israel again, finally, strikes back and there are people who think there is anything what-so-ever to “discuss?” What’d that be, eh? Perhaps a tally on how many rockets per day is allowable?

    The world has goner insane. All I can do is pray for the safety of acquaintances in Israel. As Israel goes, so we go here.

    • cba says:

      Well there’s now a ceasefire set for about 10 minutes from now.

      My prediction:
      - There’ll still be a few rockets from Gaza, but Hamas will deny responsibility and Clinton et al. will say, “Oh, it’s a radical group they can’t control.”
      - The number of rockets will increase.
      - Israel will (as it did over the last few months) complain to the UN and whoever is supposed to be “guaranteeing” the ceasefire.
      - The number of rockets will continue to increase.
      - Israel will then, in the words of the BBC, CBC, etc. “shatter the ceasefire”

      It might take days, it might take weeks–it might even take months–but that’s what’s going to happen.

      • cba says:

        Well, I was optimistic–they’re firing already.

        Will Israel respond? If they do, you know who’ll get the blame for breaking the ceasefire.

        • Leslie Greenberg says:

          I can vouch for that! I hear booms from my apartment in Ashkelon. I, too, predicted it when I heard about the alleged ceasefire. The only country in the world that has a building code that requires a bomb shelter in every home and apartment is Israel. Do they think it’s a decorating choice??

    • anneinpt says:

      Nothing to add to your words Aridog. Every word you say is spot on. I voted for you for Defense Minister but for some reason I haven’t seen you in the Knesset. You could certainly teach our leaders some timely lessons.

  2. peteca1 says:

    last post said … “The world has gone insane”

    How very true!
    Pete, USA

  3. cba says:

    I think I’m going to spit blood…
    http://www.timesofisrael.com/several-casualties-in-explosion-in-central-tel-aviv/#at_21:34

    “A rocket fired from Gaza after the ceasefire took effect at 9 p.m. explodes outside the town of Shaar Hanegev, causing no injuries, Israeli media report.

    Military sources indicate that they would not be surprised if rogue terror cells test the ceasefire in its early phases.”

    Well, that’s OK then.

  4. anneinpt says:

    cba, Leslie, I am almost incoherent with frustration. I’m going to use your comments in my next post about the pseudo-ceasefire.

  5. peteca1 says:

    Try to be calm. A “ceasefire” does not mean that people stop firing things. It just means that they back to how things were before Operation Pillar of Cloud … with occasional rocket firing still happening from Gaza. However, since the IDF has hit the smuggling tunnels into Gaza and a lot of the rocket sites – it’s probably not so easy for them to sustain the firings in the immediate future.

    You have to pause and really ask – what does it all mean? Why did Hamas put on this show? Was it instigated by al Quds … to distract Israel from bombing Iran after the Nov election in the USA? Maybe. Did the Iranians really fear a bombing that much? Or are they really closer to a nuclear weapon than most intelligence analysts think?

    These are good questions.

    • cba says:

      I think a better question is, “What on earth was it that Clinton held over Netanyahu’s head that made him cave like that?”

      I know Israel has ignored the 20 or so rockets that were fired immediately after the ceasefire went into effect, but if there’s ANYthing from now on and we don’t respond–there will be a lot of very unhappy voters in Israel.

      • peteca1 says:

        Good question. Do you think that Bibi was getting emails from Paula Broadwell and Jill Kelley too????? HAHAHAHA!!! Those shickse’s were chatting up the whole world, ya’ know :-)
        Pete, USA

    • anneinpt says:

      I’ve written a new post about the ceasefire but I’ll answer you here anyway:

      A “ceasefire” does not mean that people stop firing things. It just means that they back to how things were before Operation Pillar of Cloud … with occasional rocket firing still happening from Gaza.

      If you’re not being sarcastic or funny, think about what you wrote. It’s an outrageous thought even though you are actually correct. Why is Israel the only country in the world EXPECTED to absorb a steady drip-drip of rocket fire? It’s unconscionable and violates the human rights of Israeli citizens.

      Why did Hamas put on this show?

      Hah! The $64,000 question. When I find an answer I’ll write about it.

    • cba says:

      Pete, I just reread what you wrote and your first sentence jumped out at me: “Try to be calm.”

      Pete, I appreciate your interest in the situation and your support of Israel, but I really need to tell you that some of your comments, such as the above, come across as very patronizing.

      A lot of the rest comes across as lecturing Israelis about what they should do–which is very irritating, because I’m pretty sure we are the ones with the greater awareness of how the land lies. I’m sure you don’t mean it that way, which is why I’m mentioning it.

      Anyway, I do appreciate your interest, and I’m sure others do too.

  6. cba says:

    http://edgar1981.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/cease-fire-text.html

    Cease fire text
    Here is the actual text:

    Understanding Regarding Ceasefire in Gaza Strip

    a. Israel shall stop all hostilities on the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.

    b. One of the 38 different Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel for at least 30 minutes. The other 37 terrorist factions may continue firing rockets and mortars at will.

    c. The ceasefire does not apply to any of the 68 terrorist groups now launching attacks from the Sinai.

    d. The international media will apply a complete blackout on reporting of any firing by Palestinians into Israel. When Israel finally responds after the 10,000th rocket has landed the media must immediately report that Israel has broken the ceasefire.

    e. Israel must supply food, medicine and energy to all of Gaza, without payment.

    f. Egypt, Iran, Qatar and Libya must provide increasingly sophisticated weapon systems and missiles to each of the 38 terrorist organisations in Gaza.

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