Here we go again – Grad missiles on the south

Map of Gaza-Rechovot

Map of area in affected by Gaza missiles (click to enlarge)

For the first time in a while, 3 rockets slammed into southern Israel last night.  And for the first time ever, air raid sirens were activated right into central Israel.   I’ve included a map of the area here to give you an idea of how close to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem these missiles are hitting.

After 3 Grad rockets slam into Ashdod, Bnei Aish, IDF says air raids hit their precise targets; first rocket attack since Schalit deal and first time air raid siren activated in Rehovot.

The activity came in retaliation to three Grad rocket that were fired from the Gaza Strip at Ashdod and Bnei Aish areas shortly before midnight Wednesday.

The rockets landed in open territories. No injuries were reported but several people suffered from shock.

Sirens were heard in Yavne, Gadera, Rehovot, Nes Ziona and Ashdod.

This was first time that air raid sirens were activated in Rehovot and Nes Ziona due to a rocket attack.

A woman who was visiting Rehovot at the time of the attack told The Jerusalem Post, “I was preparing to go to sleep when I hear the rising and falling siren. I heard neighbors coming out of their homes in the building, and asked them what to do. I was told to go to leave the apartment and go down one floor, as I was on the top floor. People were calm.”

Not everyone was so cool-headed though and many citizens got quite a shock:

“At first we thought it was a false alarm,” said Avihai from Ashdod. “We were in the stairwell, waited about two minutes and then returned home after we heard nothing. That’s when we heard a boom.”

Another woman recalled, “I was watching television with my husband. It took me several seconds to realize it was a siren. I told my husband we must take the kids to the fortified room. We heard a very large explosion that shook the entire house and we realized that it fell in the area.”

A siren sounded for the first time in the Coastal Plain city of Rehovot. Daniela, 14, said it was the first time she had heard a siren that was not part of a drill. “I was in the shower. At first I thought it was the sound of the wind but then I realized and came out soaked. I ran to the fortified room. It was really scary. My parents didn’t panic but they didn’t realize what was happening. I hope this does doesn’t happen again.”

Another resident of Rehovot said, “I heard a strange sound after falling asleep. At first I didn’t know what it was. Who would have believed that the rockets would reach Rehovot. After several seconds we realized it was an alarm, woke up the kids and ran hysterically to the stairwell. It was very scary, the shelter was locked and no one was prepared.”

Eran from Rehovot also described the moments of anxiety: “All the neighbors came down to the street and yelled ‘where do we go, where do we go’. They wondered why the Home Front Command didn’t tell us what to do. Everybody freaked out. In the middle of life – an alarm.”

These missile attacks make the headlines, but there is plenty of terrorist activity going on under the radar:

The Grad attack came following a series of terror attacks over the past several days. Earlier on Wednesday evening, a military vehicle was that was on patrol south of Bethlehem hit a roadside bomb near Khirbet Eliya.

The bomb exploded, causing damage to the vehicle. There were no physical injuries.

On Tuesday, a vehicle that was driving northward on Route 60 near Maavar Mikhmas was blocked by an Arab-owned commercial vehicle. At the same time, a young Arab armed with a club emerged from the nearby village, jumped over the security barrier and headed toward the vehicle. The driver managed to bypass the vehicle that was blocking the road, crossed the intersection and drove off.

On Monday, Arabs threw a rock from a passing vehicle at an Egged bus travelling from Beit El to Jerusalem. No one was hurt but the bus was damaged.

My question to the powers that be: if the IDF knows where these smuggling tunnels are – and they obviously do, because within minutes of rocket fire, the tunnels are attacked – why do they wait until missiles are fired? Why are these tunnels not being bombed day and night until none are left? Why are we “playing fair” and only bombing one or two tunnels at a time? This is no time for cricket rules. The terrorists don’t wait until we do something to anger them (besides simply existing of course). They are hard at work 24/7.  We need to be too.

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15 Responses to Here we go again – Grad missiles on the south

  1. Judypt says:

    I absolutely agree with you about destroying ALL the tunnels in one long bombing run.I know they will feverishly begin digging again so we will have to destroy them again, maybe they will get the message eventually.Now we know how “grateful” hamas is for getting their terrorists back.There is only one way to make sure no more killers are released and that is to bring in the death penalty.I cannot understand why the Knesset does not pass such a law, it would save housing, feeding educating these unrepentent terrorists while they await the next lopsided exchange.

  2. cba says:

    My solution:
    1. Bomb all smuggling tunnels of which the IDF is aware.
    2. Announce that for every rocket or mortar or missile that is fired towards Israel from Gaza, the government will reduce by 50 the number of further prisoners it will release in the second phase (and then follow through if it happens).
    3. If, God forbid, there are more than 11 projectiles, then we can think of something else (like not providing electricity). Ditto if the Hamassholes simply wait until after the prisoners are released.

  3. Leslie Greenberg says:

    As usual, you’ve got my vote Anne. There should not be a single standing smuggling tunnel. Period. But, then again, there should be no terrorists in Israeli prisons. They should all be executed when caught. But that’s just my opinion.

  4. Earl says:

    I’ve got an elegant engineering solution to the smuggling tunnels. Simply dig the Med-diversion canal to the Dead Sea directly along the Gaza/Egypt problem. A win-win for Israel- replenish the DS and eliminate the tunnels.

  5. anneinpt says:

    Thank you everyone for your comments. I agree with all of you – perhaps we should organize a facebook page or a petition to the government. I wish I knew the reasoning behind their permanent decision to only react, never taking the initiative against the terrorists.

    I like Earl’s solution the best though. As he says, a win-win situation for Israel, and possibly for Egypt too.

    Another suggestion I once heard was to dig a channel all along the Gaza borders, chop it off and let it float away into the sea. :-)

  6. DavidinPT says:

    Here’s my solution to the missile strilkes. Position artillery units on or near (enough to) the Gazan Border). When a missile is launched, open up an artillery barrage at indiscriminate random targets for say 2 hours. Enough with looking for a needle in the haystack – let’s try burning the haystack! If however we suffer a fatality, we continue the barrage, concentrating on sensitive targets this time, such as schools, hospitals, bus stations, mosques, shopping centers, power stations, water pumping plants etc, until their are 1,027 fatalities on the other side. Double the required fatality requirement for double the Israeli victims, and so on. When we are (as always) inevitably accused of disproportionality, simply cite the fact that this is the “exchange rate” fixed by Hamas. I am prepared to “bet the ranch” that if we ezact this sort of Tag Mechir (Price Tag) it will all soon stop – after all they were begging for a ceasefire during Cast Lead when they took approximately 1,000 casualties. At least it’s worth a try.

    • Leslie Greenberg says:

      David, I share your fantasy. Unfortunately, we both know that there is no way that Israel will act this way. If only we acted in they way we’re always accused of acting, we would live in peace. The arabs do what they do because they know they can get away with it.

    • Earl says:

      David:

      I attended a talk by Daniel Pipes in Toronto this week. Thereafter, I chatted to an older IDF vet who “had fought in four wars”- he was still very familiar with IDF protocols and hardware.

      I asked him, “why is it that Israel does not simply deploy an array of PHALANX around Gaza and hermetically seal it? Why deploy the hyper-expensive and not-perfected Iron Dome?”

      His response? “We can only go so far as the Americans will permit us”. He referred to the last Lebanon debacle as another example of this.

      And he did elicit the greatest amount of applause of the evening at Beth David shul when he stated categorically, “the lesson from Gilad Shalit is that the IDF should not take prisoners”.

      • anneinpt says:

        That’s fascinating Earl. Did he explain why the Americans have such a hold over Israel? It can’t be the international aid. Nowadays it’s only a drop in the bucket of the Israeli economy. Why is it that Israel has to fold under American pressure, but also, why do the Americans feel they have the right and even the duty to “save Israel from itself”?

        It is so exceedingly frustrating for mere Israeli civilians.

        • Earl says:

          Annie: I regret that time did not permit more than an cursory chat. But I reckon the US veto at the UNSC has a lot to do with it, along with a guaranteed supply of NATO hardware.

          /And, if the price is the sporadic dead Jew, well, hey! It’s not the Israeli elites that experience that horror, right? Bueller? Bueller???

  7. Leslie Greenberg says:

    “My question to the powers that be: if the IDF knows where these smuggling tunnels are – and they obviously do, because within minutes of rocket fire, the tunnels are attacked – why do they wait until missiles are fired? Why are these tunnels not being bombed day and night until none are left? Why are we “playing fair” and only bombing one or two tunnels at a time? This is no time for cricket rules. The terrorists don’t wait until we do something to anger them (besides simply existing of course). They are hard at work 24/7. We need to be too.”

    I’ve been thinking about your question–it’s the same one I’ve had for years. The conclusion I come to is simple and basic. Our army is called the Israel DEFENSE Forces. We take no pre-emptive initiatives, and we react sufficiently to survive, and nothing more. We could “put them out of business” tomorrow, yet choose not to act–knowing full well that our restraint will result in injury and death to ourselves. And it’s not just because of world opinion and US intervention–it’s because we, as a people, (present company excluded) don’t see ourselves as the kind of people who could do that. We hold ourselves to a different standard.

    And yet, against all odds, and rational explanation, the miracle of our survival continues. All I can say is, “Thank God we’re in good hands!” ;-)

    • anneinpt says:

      Hmm, interesting point. Though that never used to be the IDF’s doctrine. it used to be that the IDF would take the war to the enemy davka because Israel is so small. What changed and when?

      Amen to your last comment though. :-)

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