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August 20, 2014
Israeli Air Force planes hit 10 Palestinian rocket sites and other targets in
“Following renewed rocket attacks at
An IDF strike at the non-functioning airport in southern
Local analysts suggested the Palestinians fired longer-range Grad rockets
instead of short-range Qassams or mortar shells, which might indicate an
organized strike, and not an attack by splinter groups. The rocket fire breaks a
24-hour extension of a previous cease-fire, reached via indirect
Egyptian-brokered talks in
Israel’s negotiating team left cease-fire talks in Cairo, over the rocket attacks, Army radio said, and it was unclear when, or if, they will return.
Gaza based Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masry said in a statement in the wake of the rocket attack, “If Israel wants calm it must accede to the demands and rights of the Palestinians,” according to The Times of Israel.
No red alert sirens sounded in the attack, according to local media. Military sources said the lack of sirens was due to the rockets’ trajectory, which did not reach populated areas. Hamas officials, earlier in the day, complained of what they called “Israeli foot-dragging” in talks, and threatened to take unspecified measures, the radio reported.
It is unclear, at this point what group is behind the attack; local media said the barrage was fired from the northern Sajayeh area, the scene of intense fighting during Operation Protective Edge, although the IDF could not confirm the report to The Algemeiner.
Municipal authorities across southern and central
The U.S. State Department, long involved in trying to secure Middle East peace, said it is "very concerned" about the new fighting and blamed Hamas.
The five weeks of fighting have left more than 2,000 people dead, most of them
Palestinians. It also has left
Hamas claims to have fired the rockets intercepted over
The sirens were heard in the capital and its vicinity shortly before midnight.
The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted a rocket over the region. There
were no physical injuries or damages. Another rocket was aimed at Ben Gurion
airport and was intercepted by Iron Dome over Modi'in. Hamas military wing
claimed responsibility for firing Fajr 5 and M-75 missiles to central
Two rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system over Sderot.
Two more rockets were intercepted over Be'er Sheva. Two more rockets exploded in
the Eshkol region of southern
On Tuesday afternoon shortly before 4 p.m., hours before the third extension of
a ceasefire in
The last rockets fired at
On Monday trains to Sderot were cancelled over fears that the rocket fire would imminent resume at midnight with the end of the ceasefire, a ceasefire that was extended by an additional 24 hours.
In the first incident two firebombs were hurled at an Egged bus driving on
One of the two Molotov cocktails exploded on impact, setting the bus on fire. No injuries were caused, but the bus was damaged in the attack; police began a search for the terrorists.
In another attack that occurred shortly thereafter, two Molotov cocktails were thrown at a Jewish home in the Arab-majority Shiloach neighborhood, located just to the south-east of the Old City and known by Arabs as Silwan. The firebombs burst into flames, setting the roof of the building on fire. Firefighting crews arrived quickly to fight the blaze, while police forces started searching for the perpetrators.
The attacks come not long after Arab terrorists threw a Molotov cocktail at an
Israeli car on Saturday night in the Gush Etzion area of Judea near
It is worth noting that "moderate" Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction, through it's "military wing" Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigades, recently declared it would be increasing terror attacks against Israel.
The terror group in Judea and
DEBKAfile reports a flood of complaints have reached the IDF Home Command from
the public about a new order against activating rocket alerts when open spaces
inside towns – and not buildings - are threatened. In the last two weeks, Rosh
This new practice should be abandoned without delay and the alarms reactivated in full. Rocket fragments and large metal pieces from rockets intercepted by Iron Dome frequently drop over open ground in inhabited areas and busy streets. The public must be given due warning to seek shelter in time.
With the school year set to begin September 1, the Education Ministry has decided to dedicate the first two weeks to Operation Protective Edge and its aftermath.
Schools and kindergartens nationwide, especially in southern
Schools in the communities adjacent to the Israel-Gaza Strip border have been instructed to pay special attention to the psychological impact the fighting has had on the children, many of whom were essentially forced to leave their homes for the duration of the military campaign.
The Education Ministry said it would provide additional staff to kindergartens in the area, as needed. Meanwhile, Kibbutz Nahal Oz has decided to fortify the two kindergartens it operates by surrounding them with security walls. The two kindergartens already have fortified roofs, based on earlier security protocols that focused on roofs as the weak spots through which rockets could penetrate the buildings.
Hamas declared on Tuesday night that
Senior Hamas official Ezzat al-Rishq warned, according to AFP, "
Israel Leaders’ Stubborn Belief in Hamas' Desire for War's End Led the Country Back to War
By DEBKAfile (Analysis)
Most Israelis were stunned Tuesday afternoon when rocket fire suddenly erupted from the Gaza Strip against Be'er Sheva and Netivot, after they had been lulled into a sense of false security by the suspension of Hamas attacks for 135 hours. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon sent the air force straight back into action to bomb “terror targets’ across the Gaza Strip, and recalled Israel’s negotiators from the indirect talks taking place with Hamas in Cairo through Egyptian intermediaries.
After a month of tough fighting and painful losses, Israelis were aghast to find
themselves dumped back in the same old routine, which their leaders had vowed
Operation Defensive Edge would end once and for all. By midnight Hamas had fired
around 50 rockets in a steady stream across most of
DEBKAfile reports that, as recently as Monday, a senior intelligence source asserted that Netanyahu and Ya’alon were satisfied with the Cairo talks, because their outcome would refute their critics, ministers and security chiefs alike, by bringing Hamas to its knees. Asked how this would come about, the source repeated the mantra heard day after day during the fighting: Hamas is looking for a way out of the conflict and wants to end hostilities, he explained. That is what we are banking on.
AMAN chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi is believed by some cabinet sources to be the author of this prescription, to which the prime minister and defense minister have stubbornly adhered, against all the evidence to the contrary. They therefore held back from inflicting a final defeat on the Palestinian fundamentalists. Even the pro-diplomacy Justice Minister Tzipi Livni faulted them by warning repeatedly that negotiating with terrorists was a bad mistake. You have to fight them and beat them hollow, she said.
Yet each time Hamas violated a ceasefire – and it happened six times in all – there was the excuse that its leaders were divided against themselves, and the heads of the Gaza faction were reasonable and logical individuals who would prefer to stop firing rockets at the Israeli population - if only it was only up to them.
Even when the rockets started falling Tuesday around Be'er Sheba, Netivot,
Last Saturday, 30,000 demonstrators from southern
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Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost
By Don Canaan (Commentary)
This year marked the 29th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.
Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.
Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.
Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.
Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.
The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.
Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."
April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.
That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.
Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."
The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.
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