Rocket fire update

Rocket fire range from Gaza to Israel

Rocket fire range from Gaza to Israel

Just in case my previous post lulled you into thinking that the ceasefire was holding after a shaky start, today the situation has returned to its previous violent status.

Last night 3 Grads were fired at Beer Sheva while today more Grads were fired at Netivot. Thank G-d the rockets either landed in open areas or were intercepted by Iron Dome.

Nevertheless the school day has once again been suspended for pupils in the south, bringing much of its economic life to a halt too as parents must stay home to look after their children.  (From the first link above):

Still, following the renewed rocket fire the Beersheba Department of Education has decided to suspend Thursday’s school day.

The decision was echoed by several other municipalities in the south, including Ashdod, Ashkelon, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi and Gan Yavne.

Yet we get the following surreal statement (same link) from the authorities:

A political source told Ynet that “at this time Israel will not respond to rockets fired at the south since the ceasefire took effect,” adding that “After each round of escalations we see what is known as the ‘tail’ – a few hours during which there is still some fire, as if to show that they have the last word.

That is exactly what the terrorists want – they need to have the last word, which in effect gives them the control over our security and our livelihoods. This is a patently absurd attitude and incomprehensible given the character of the terrorists.

When will we ever learn?

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6 Responses to Rocket fire update

  1. annediamond1 says:

    Reblogged this on Annediamond1's Blog and commented:
    I have family in Lavi, Edith told me about their early days , however, it seems the guns never seem tos top, I wish you well

  2. Mar says:

    Fighting Hamas at this particular time will help Assad as the ‘gaze’ of the public opinion will quickly switch from Syria to Gaza. What happens in Syria helps persuade a lot of people that Arab regimes are nothing but bloody dictatorships. It is in Israel’s strategic interest not to engage Hamas in these circumstances. Khola Khavot!

  3. anneinpt says:

    You’ve got a good point there about Syria, Mar

  4. Andrea says:

    If I read this map well there are not more than 60 km left between Gaza borders and Tel Aviv ‘s limits ? Aren’t they ? I thought Tel Aviv was not so close to Gaza or at least I never thought about real distances. Shame on me of course but I am just wondering how many people out of Israel are realizing this point.

    • anneinpt says:

      Yes, you read the map correctly and the distances are indeed that small. Most people who have not visited here have no real idea how tiny the country is. We drove down to Gedera a few weeks ago for a funeral and it took us exactly 30 minutes from Petach Tikva which is a suburb of Tel Aviv. My daughter traveled by bus from Tel Aviv to Beer Sheva and arrived in just over an hour. By car would be quicker. I drove to Netivot where my aunt lives in just over an hour too.

      And you are right. While here in Israel we are all very well aware of how close Gaza is, as I said, people who have never been here or who have not seriously studied a map have no idea. when they accuse Israel of being expansionist or imperialist I almost want to laugh. We must be smallest imperial empire in the whole history of the universe!

      The West Bank is even closer than Gaza. The closest settlements to the “green line” are not more than a 15-20 minute drive from here, and from towns like Kfar Saba they are mere minutes away. Just imagine if Israel gave back land to the Palestinians and it was immediately taken over by Hamas or similar terroiststs. Life would come to a halt in Israel.

      Even Hezbollah-land, aka Lebanon, is not very far. It is 180 km from PT to Kiryat Shmona on the Lebanese border (my daughter used to live there), a 2 hour drive in light traffic. But who needs to go up to the border? Hezbollah missiles hit Haifa and even further south in 2006 – again a 1-hour drive from Tel Aviv.

    • cba says:

      Andrea, as Anne says, the distances are indeed very small. One could drive from the northern-most tip of Israel to the southern-most in about 7 hours!

      I think you should come and see for yourself 🙂

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