Hamas and its allies are just looking for trouble. The border area is still simmering, with
peaceful protests violent riots still taking place every Friday by terrorists determined to break through into Israel and kill Israelis. In addition, last night terrorists opened fire with machine guns at civilian residences in Sderot. The IDF has responded with retaliatory and preventive air and artillery strikes on terrorist emplacements.
Since their nefarious plan has not come to fruition, thank G-d and the IDF, (although plenty of damage has been done, see further), the terrorists have resorted to their old tactic of shooting mortars:
More than two dozen mortar shells were fired at southern Israel in at least three separate barrages Tuesday morning as sirens blared throughout the area, the army said, amid heightened tensions along the Gaza border.
There were no reports of injuries or significant material damage, local government officials said.
The shellings appeared to be the largest attack from the Gaza Strip since the 2014 war, known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge.
The head of the Eshkol region told Channel 10 news that the army told him the attack was carried out by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, as revenge for the Israel Defense Forces killing three of its members in a cross-border exchange earlier in the week.
There were no immediate reports of a significant Israeli military retaliation to the attacks. Massive reprisal raids were expected, following the repeated, highly irregular mortar shellings on Tuesday morning.
Following the Gaza mortar attacks, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman called for a “special situational assessment” from IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and other senior figures from Israel’s security services. They were due to meet in the army’s Tel Aviv headquarters, known as the Kirya, Liberman’s office said.
And those “brave, courageous” terrorist leaders? Why, they believe in leading from behind!
Palestinian media reported that Hamas and other terrorist groups were abandoning their positions in the Gaza Strip ahead of an expected forceful response by the IDF.
Such pathetic cowards, willing to fight to the last drop of their citizens’ lives, as long as it is not theirs or their families’. And when did these “humanitarian protestors” choose to send over their
gift packages missiles? At precisely the time when Israeli schoolchildren are on their way to school:
The initial, primary bombardment came at 7 a.m., when approximately 25 mortar shells were toward the Sha’ar Hanegev and Eshkol regions, as parents were beginning to send their children to school, the IDF said.
The army said its Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted the majority of the incoming shells from the first barrage.
One of the shells struck a tree in the yard of a kindergarten in the Eshkol region, less than an hour before students were due to arrive, a spokesperson for the community said.
As an aside, note the reinforced wall protecting the kindergarten. Only in Israel is such a wall necessary to protect tiny children. That is the reality of living next to those terrorists, those vile specimens of inhumanity in Gaza.
Israel has vowed to hit back strongly at terrorist positions, and this tweet cynically but accurately sums up the situation as we can expect it to unroll:
Hamas’s acts of terror have not been comprised solely of rockets, mortars and stones. They have been flying flaming kites, “molotov kites”, into Israeli agricultural territory in the border area since the riots began almost 2 months ago, and have set fire to huge swathes of territory. The damage is outrageous and heart-breaking.
The damage has been so enormous that Israeli farmers are now planning to sue Hamas at the International Criminal Court:
Gaza Belt farmers declared Sunday that they will appeal to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to indict Hamas Gaza leader Yahya Sinwar and the head of the terrorist organization’s political leader Ismail Haniyeh for damages from Palestinian kite terror.
Burning kites were sent over from Gaza with the aim of setting fields on fire and causing physical and environmental damage.
“Join in Prosecuting Hamas in The Hague!” wrote the farmers in a petition demanding the prosecution of the terror organization for war crimes in the ICC and calling on additional farmers and citizens to join the lawsuit.
The lawsuit will be the first civilian response to kite terrorism, which has caused damages of millions of shekels of crops and irrigation equipment to the Gaza belt farmers.
Shurat HaDin, The Israel Law Center, a NGO that aims to fight terrorism through legal means and combat boycotts of Israel, will represent the farmers at the ICC.
The farmers intend to sue Hamas for a series of offenses that violate the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the treaty that established the ICC, including the burning of agricultural fields by burning kites, attacking Israel’s borders, using children for combat purposes and using the civilian population as human shields.
“The current situation, in which activists of a terrorist organization burn fields in Israel every day, is unacceptable. It is inconceivable that senior Hamas officials accuse Israel of war crimes while using civilian population, especially children, as human shields We call on the International Criminal Court in The Hague to bring them to justice” said Shurat Hadin director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner.
Israellycool guest poster reports on Fields of Fire:
It takes months of hard work to grow a field of wheat.
First you plough the land. You level it and you add fertilizer. You sow your seeds, going up and down the field for days. You scare off the birds. You quickly hoist 3″ irrigation pipes into the field and water it so that it begins to germinate.
You pull out the pipes and wait, and pray for rain.
Sometimes, prayers are not enough and you have to pull lines of 3″ pipes through the field again, to make sure the seedlings do not die.
Months pass. Rain comes, and slowly your seedlings grow tall.
Then, finally, the grain ripens and you can harvest your crop. Unless.
Unless a “peaceful” palestinian protester “spontaneously” travels tens of kilometers from his home to the internationally recognized border, sets fire to a kite, and deliberately flies it into your ripe field of wheat.
Besides these agricultural fields, huge damage has been caused by these terrorists to the Beeri Forest national nature reserve:
I’m absolutely positive the UN and EU will be condemning this environmental disaster any moment now…
I suppose we should be pathetically grateful that the EU and UN have seen fit to condemn the missile fire. But I wonder how long their sympathy will last once Israel starts to hit back.