Remember that ceasefire we are all getting so het up about just a couple of days ago? We shouldn’t have bothered wasting our breath or wearing out our keyboards, because here we go again: 7 rockets launched at the south, IDF retaliates.
The Israel-Hamas ceasefire was breached again Wednesday as seven rockets hit southern communities. A rocket fired from the northern Gaza Strip exploded in an open field south of Ashkelon Wednesday evening. Minutes later, two additional rockets hit an open area near Ofakim. Shortly thereafter, two other rockets landed near the Eshkol Regional Council, which later saw two extra Qassam landings.
There were no reports of injuries or damage. An alarm was sounded in Beersheba and other southern communities.
Air Force jets attacked a terrorist cell in Gaza belonging to the Islamic Jihad’s military wing, the al-Quds Brigades, in response to the rocket fire. A member of the group’s rocket unit was killed in the strike. The IDF confirmed the report and said it had hit a cell which launched two rockets at the Eshkol regional Council.
The Islamic Jihad threatened Israel with a “qualitative response” to the assassination of a senior Jihad militant Wednesday morning.
Spokesman Abu Ahmed said that the factions agreed to a calm but that Israel was the one not interested in a calm.
A music festival which was scheduled to take place in Ashkelon was canceled as a result. Shortly before the rockets were fired, residents of the Gaza vicinity communities were instructed to enter fortified spaces following a rocket alert.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Home Front Command ordered a return to routine after mortar shell fire directed at the Eshkol Regional Council resumed in the morning hours.
On Tuesday night, an Islamic Jihad operative who was involved in the attacks near Eilat last week was eliminated in an IAF air strike. The terrorist group vowed to take revenge.
The Iron Dome system intercepted 3 missiles but even so, a baby was slightly hurt, and damage was sustained to several vehicles and buildings.
The Muqata is liveblogging the rocket attacks in the south.
So just to keep this straight in our heads:
- A ceasefire was arranged.
- Terrorists fire rockets.
- IDF hits back, killing a terrorist.
- Terrorists swear bloody revenge.
- Terrorists fire rockets.
- IDF hits back.
- Terrorists claim Israel is not interested in keeping the peace.
- Etc. ad infinitum or ad nauseum whichever comes first.
My only real question is how can the terrorists keep a straight face while making such outrageous claims such as “Israel is not interested in peace.”
Speaking of which, and going back to my previous post linked above. it appears that three of the terrorists who attacked last Thursday were Egyptian.
Three of the terrorists in last week’s coordinated attacks near Eilat were Egyptian members of an extremist Islamic group, an Egyptian newspaper reported.
The Egyptian daily newspaper Al-Masry Al Yaoum reported that one of the terrorists had escaped from an Egyptian prison during the recent spring revolution that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak. The identities of the terrorists were discovered during an investigation into the incident by the Egyptian security forces, according to the newspaper. The three terrorists were killed in firefights with Israeli troops.
The Egyptian investigation also reportedly found that Israeli troops entered the Sinai Peninsula in pursuit of the terrorists, and that the troops exchanged fire with Egyptian forces. Five Egyptian policemen and soldiers were killed in the fighting.
But wait! Did Egypt not demand, straight facedly as demanded by Arab “honour”an apology from Israel for their gall in killing Egyptian border guards – who now turn out to be part of the attack in the first place. For the Israeli cheek in pursuing terrorists over an open border and killing them on foreign soil?
Once again the Egyptians show us that despite it being a Yiddish word, it is the Arabs who really knows the meaning of Chutzpah.
What are the bets that Israel will now demand an apology from Egypt? Not one actually, but two are owing: one for accusing Israel of unnecessary violence and killing “innocent” guards, and one for allowing a situation where their own citizens can plan and take part in a terror attack on Israel.
And all this is without mentioning the riots, demonstrations and flag-burning going on at Israel’s Cairo embassy. Can you imagine similar riots taking place in Israel against Egypt?
Don’t hold your breath for we won’t stoop to their level. However, I do recommend you read this apology to Egypt. It is much more to my liking.
I am so very sorry. I am sorry that you and your leaders are so filled with hate towards Israel and so desperate to find someone to blame for you troubles that you are stupid enough to set aside more than 30 years of peaceful coexistence and cooperation. I am sorry to see you chipping away at the peace achieved through the hard work of brave leaders who saw beyond the battles and the pain. I am sorry to see you choosing instead the path of destruction and bloodshed.
Indeed, I am sorry that you seem too stupid to realize that when you have a revolution, and then end up with the military in charge, you didn’t really get a revolution. I wish you directed your anger at this failed revolution, not at Israel.
Read the rest. You know you want to.