It was only to be expected. Our stupid, cowardly, lily-livered “government” have been negotiating with Hamas (Hamas! Unbelievable!) to arrange a truce, so what do Hamas do?
They shoot across the border of course, and fire off yet another huge barrage of rockets towards the “Gaza envelope”, the group of Israeli towns and villages around the border. These rocket launches have never completely stopped, but until now there has been very little damage, though of course the lives of the southern residents have been completely disrupted as they rush in and out of their bomb shelters.
The rocket barrage is ongoing as I type, with Red Alerts blaring in several communities simultaneously. These are screenshots from my phone as the warnings came in:
A short while ago a house in Sderot took a direct hit, injuring three people
Three people were injured when rockets fired from Gaza struck the southern Israeli town of Sderot on Wednesday evening, as tensions between Israel and the Palestinian enclave spiraled dramatically a day after Hamas vowed revenge for the deaths of two of its gunmen.
According to the Israeli military, eight rockets were fired at southern Israel from Gaza at approximately 7:40 p.m. Two of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, and at least two landed in the town of Sderot.
Police said officers were sent to four sites where rockets or fragments of Iron Dome missiles struck Sderot.
A 34-year-old man was lightly-to-moderately wounded by shards of broken glass while inside an apartment building in the town, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service.
Another man in his 20s was also lightly wounded by glass shrapnel to the limbs in a different area of Sderot. And a woman sustained an injury to her leg as she ran to a bomb shelter.
All three were taken to Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center for treatment, along with two pregnant women who went into premature labor as a result of the stress from the attack, MDA said.
Eight people were taken to the hospital after they suffered panic attacks. Three others who suffered panic attacks were treated on the scene.
Videos and photographs from Sderot showed heavy damage to a home and several cars hit by rockets, as well as shrapnel riddling an apartment building.
Watch this raw footage of one of the rocket attacks as it is intercepted near a group of children as they run screaming to their shelter:
Besides the rocket fire, Hamas have been shooting at civilian vehicles working on the security barrier:
The rocket fire from Gaza came shortly after an IDF tank struck Hamas posts in Gaza after shots were fired across the border towards civilian engineering vehicles working on the IDF’s underground barrier with the coastal enclave.
“Terrorists shot at civilian vehicles that were being used in the effort to construct the barrier around the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip. One vehicle was hit,” the IDF said.
Earlier on Wednesday the IDF closed several roads near the Gaza border after warning that it was concerned of a retaliatory attack by Hamas after two of its elite members were killed in an IDF strike on Tuesday.
According to the IDF Route 25 and several other smaller roads were closed after Hamas was identified as having cleared several military positions along the border as well as threats made by the group.
The rocket fire also comes as a senior Hamas official said that UN and Egyptian mediated ceasefire talks between the terror group and Israel have reached “advanced stages” with a deal expected to be signed soon.
And let us not forget the ongoing massive arson being carried out by Hamas and its henchmen against Israeli farmers, parkland and nature reserves:
Despite the ceasefire talks, dozens of fires have ignited following the continued launching of aerial incendiary devices into southern Israel. In response IDF aircraft have continued to strike the cells launching the devices.
Hundreds of incendiary devices have been launched towards Israel since late March when Gazans began weekly protests along the border with Israel.
As I’m writing the news is overtaking me, and we hear of IDF strikes against several Hamas targets. But this hardly impresses me. It is the same old same old, and nothing changes or will change under this current format.
All this raises the massive question – what on earth is our government doing even considering a truce, let alone actively engaging in negotiations with that vicious, murderous Jew-hating organization?
They have lost their minds and we Israelis have lost our collective minds too. We should be manning the barricades, protesting wildly in the streets against our leaders’ inaction.
Yes, I know they have to deal with Syria/Russia as well, and also worry about containing Iran. But the Gaza situation is outrageous: to allow Israeli citizens to have their livelihoods ruined, their children traumatized and the environment devastated because they fear the IDF won’t be able to cope with a two-front war is incredible.
The IDF’s top brass have assured the government the army is ready to fight wherever and whenever, on as many fronts as necessary. If the government feel the IDF are not telling the truth then they should fire the Chief of Staff. And if they government agrees with the IDF, then why are they not confronting Hamas on its turf? Why do they not assassinate or at least arrest Hamas’ leaders? And, yes, the ones who come after them too.
Why are the IDF not being told to bomb every single tunnel, weapons storage facility, weapons manufacturing workshop, incendiary balloon launchers, the works?
And where is Bibi? Has anyone heard from him lately? Has he addressed the nation and I missed it? Has he been to the south more than the once when he felt pressurised into doing so? Why is he not leading this nation? If he cannot do it then he should step down forthwith.
I scratch my head in fury and disbelief. This is not the government I voted for.
PS: More rocket attacks as I publish this post.