This Ongoing War: A Blog: 10-Nov-12: 11:00pm update on the firing in southern Israel

November 10, 2012
Running for cover in Ashkelon tonight as Tzeva Adom missile
warning is heard [Source: AFP]  

Based on reports from Times of Israel, Ynet and other sources

  • Rocket fire barrages have been crashing into southern Israel for the past several hours. Twenty-four Qassam and GRAD rockets, as well as mortar shells, have been fired from northern Gaza at Israel so far tonight. 
  • A car took a direct in a town in the Sha’ar Hanegev region adjacent to the Gaza Strip.
  • Schools have been ordered closed tomorrow (Sunday) in the town of Gan Yavne, and a decision about the neighbouring city of Ashdod will be made at first light tomorrow morning. 
  • Commercial traffic through the Kerem Shalom crossing from Israel into Gaza has been canceled until further notice.
  • A rocket crashed into the Ashkelon area while we were writing this post (11:10 pm). Numerous regions of southern Israel have heard Tzeva Adom incoming missile warnings in the last few minutes.
The night is not yet over.

A short while ago, the IDF targeted a rocket launching squad in the northern Gaza Strip moments after it fired rockets towards southern Israel. A direct hit was confirmed.

 

Over the past few hours, 25 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel. An additional rocket was successfully intercepted by ‘Iron Dome’.

 

The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians, and will operate against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel. The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip.


At least 4 Katyusha rockets fired from Lebanon into northern Israel, IDF returns fire

November 29, 2011
(h/t eye)(INN) At least four Katyusha missiles were fired from Lebanon into northern Israel overnight Monday.

Kol Yisrael Radio reported that the missiles exploded in two communities near the border with Lebanon. There were no reports of physical injuries but damage was caused to a chicken coop in one of the communities.
The IDF Spokesman said that IDF forces returned fire and said in a statement, “The IDF is treating this is a serious incident and wishes to emphasize that it sees the Lebanese government and the Lebanese army as responsible for the prevention of fire at Israel.”
The statement said that the IDF’s Northern Command is conducting ongoing assessment in light of the events.
Channel 2 News reported that residents from the communities of Ma’a lot and Kfar Vradim reported hearing explosions in the area.
According to the report, a preliminary investigation indicated that the explosions came from the Lebanese side of the border.


Every Qassam Counts! Don’t Ignore The Facts

November 6, 2011

(Shiloh Musings) Yes, the Arabs attacked Israel again. The Gazan Arabs launched rockets, missiles, weapons, qassams at Israel. They landed in Ashkelon. The day before the Arabs had also attacked Israel; the missiles landed in the Eshkol Region.
Ashkelon and the Eshkol Region are easy targets for the Arab terrorists in Gaza. It’s one of the reasons that Israel must prevent more weapons and terrorists from reaching Gaza.


The Israel Government, like all governments in the world, has an obligation to do anything and everything to protect its citizens.
I have no doubt that the Arab terrorists who are attacking Israel are connected to Bin Laden’s terrorist organization. MEMRI.

In this picture, Abbas is seen with released prisoner Amal Jum’a. Jum’a was arrested with explosives in May 2004, the day before her planned suicide bombing in a Tel Aviv market. Abbas is holding a representation of the PA map of “Palestine” that includes Israel and the PA areas. A poem glorifying Martyrdom death is written on the map:

“Mother, death has come. Prepare the death shroud. Mother, to my death I march. I do not hesitate.”

Those Arab terrorists who want to destroy Israel endanger the entire world!

Since the release of Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the Israeli hostage Gilad Shalit, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has repeatedly honored and glorified the released prisoners.
On the day of their release, Abbas greeted each one at a general ceremony in Ramallah and has since then publicly praised and honored them. (more on Palestine Media Watch PMW)


Rockets continue to fall in South, ceasefire reported

October 30, 2011

what cause did they have to shoot rockets right after the trade? Hamas called a cease fire so Israel would not retaliate…

YAAKOV LAPPIN, LAHAV HARKOV, JPOST.COM STAFF
10/30/2011(h/t Docs Talk)
Man killed in Ashkelon from rocket; South pounded by 37 projectiles from Gaza in total; IAF responds with strikes on 6 terror targets; Egyptian officials report that Cairo mediated truce between Israel, Palestinian factions.

According to reports from Egyptian officials late on Saturday night, Cairo mediated a truce between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza, set to take effect at 6 a.m. on Sunday. Meanwhile however, another two rockets exploded early Sunday morning, one north of Ashkelon and one just outside of Beersheba.
A man was killed and four people were wounded when southern Israel was bombarded with long-range Grad rockets fired by Islamic Jihad from Gaza on Saturday. The rocket casualty was later named as Ami Moshe, 56, of Ashkelon. Moshe was on his way home to his family when the air raid siren went off. He left his vehicle and ran for cover, but was mortally injured by flying shrapnel from the rocket fired at a residential neighborhood in Ashkelon. He was rushed to the Barzilai Medical Center in the city, but doctors were unable to save his life. Moshe was able to answer a call from his concerned wife and tell her that he had been injured before being evacuated to hospital.
Security chiefs searched for a way to contain the situation on Saturday, as the Air Force went into action to strike terror cells preparing rockets for launch in northern and southern Gaza. The IAF attacked six targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday night, the IDF declared in a press release. In the northern Gaza Strip it attacked three terror tunnels and three rocket launchers, and in the northern Gaza Strip it attacked two centers of terrorist activity.

“The attack was a response to a barrage of rockets fired over Israel,” the IDF stated.
“The IDF will not hesitate to act decisively and forcefully against anyone who uses terror against the citizens of Israel, until quiet returns to area. Hamas is a terrorist organization and bears the responsibility.”
IDF confirmed killing 10 Islamic Jihad members on Saturday. It struck four terror targets in Gaza between 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday night. The targets included a terror cell in southern Gaza planning to fire a projectile, a terrorist planning a rocket strike, and two rocket launch sites in northern Gaza. An additional terrorist in southern Gaza planning a rocket attack was also struck from the air on Saturday night. Furthermore, a cell in northern Gaza was also hit by the Air Force.
Some 200,000 school children will stay at home as classes in Ashdod, Beersheba and Kiryat Malachi were canceled by local officials, and the IDF Home Front Command asked people who live within 40 kilometers of the Gaza Strip to stay near structures protected against rockets.
On Saturday, 35 projectiles, including Grads and mortar shells, were fired at southern communities, hitting built-up areas in Ashdod, Ashkelon and regional councils across the region. A number of the rockets caused extensive damages to buildings.
The IDF struck a rocket-launching cell in Rafah, in the southern Strip, following the upsurge in attacks, reportedly killing two terrorists.
“Hamas is responsible for what takes place in Gaza,” the army said.
Ashdod bore the brunt of the attacks, and was targeted by at least three Grad rockets. One slammed into an empty school, and a second struck in the nearby Gan Yavne Regional Council, moderately wounding a man who was searching for his son.
TV footage showed bloodstained pavement where the man had been injured before running indoors and contacting paramedics.
A third rocket slammed into a parking lot between two multi-story residential buildings in Ashdod. It set several vehicles on fire and left behind extensive wreckage. The flames were doused by Israel Fire and Rescue crews, who also broke into homes in nearby buildings to rescue residents.
“This was a miracle, it could have been much worse,” Magen David Adom director-general Eli Bin said.
“Ashdod is under attack, without a doubt,” Mayor Yehiel Lari said.
A rocket fired at Ashkelon sent shrapnel flying that moderately wounded a man.
He was taken by MDA paramedics to the city’s Barzilai Medical Center. A second rocket fired at Ashkelon scored a direct hit on a home, setting gas canisters on fire.
Fire crews doused the flames.
The wave of rockets came after the IDF, working with the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), identified and struck an Islamic Jihad rocket cell in Gaza earlier on Saturday, killing five terrorists, including senior Islamic Jihad commander Ahmed Sheikh Khalil, who was responsible for the group’s considerable rocket production facilities.
Army sources said the cell was the same one that fired the unprovoked long-range Grad that struck near Rehovot last week. That rocket was supposedly launched to mark the anniversary of the 1995 assassination in Malta of Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shikaki, the first person to publish a booklet that legitimized suicide in jihad.
“The cell was preparing to fire another rocket into Israel,” an IDF spokesman said. Other reports added that the cell was targeted at an Islamic Jihad training camp. The terrorist organization vowed a major response to the air strike.
Islamic Jihad’s propaganda wing released a video on the Internet on Saturday showing a multi-rocket launcher mounted on a truck and firing several projectiles in succession.
The video is part of a boast by the Iranian-backed group that its rocket launching capabilities have improved over recent years.
The group’s claim that the video was taken on Saturday in Gaza could not be confirmed.
But the organization has been the recipient of large-scale Iranian support, both military and financial.
Late Saturday night, Islamic Jihad’s Quds Brigades said the first wave of rockets was its “initial response” to the strike on its rocket cell, adding that “the enemy should expect the worst in the coming hours,” Channel 10 reported.
The organization’s leader in Syria, Ramadan Abdullah, recently attended a conference in Iran calling for Israel’s destruction.
During the conference, Abdullah said Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei’s “plan is a road map to the liberation of the occupied territories,” referring to the whole of Israel.
Islamic Jihad has long been Iran’s closest proxy in the Palestinian territories.
In the past, the organization’s leadership described itself as “one of the many fruits on our leader [former Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah] Khomeini’s tree.”
A spokesman for Robert Serry, the UN’s special envoy for the Middle East peace process, said in a statement, “The recent escalations are very worrying. It’s vital to deescalate now, without any delay. We strongly appeal for calm and an end to violence and bloodshed.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was receiving regular briefings on the security situation, officials said.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who was on a trip to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday, warned that “if the rocket fire isn’t halted, there will be serious consequences in the coming days.”
Lieberman said that Israel hasn’t been insisting that its security needs must be met in any final-status agreement with the Palestinians without good reason.
“Just today we have seen why this is necessary,” he said.
“We are not seeking violence with the Palestinians and we do not want to ‘heat up’ the situation, but we won’t suffer one rocket barrage after another without a response. Therefore I hope that already tonight, the rocket barrages will stop with the intervention of neighboring countries, the international community and the Palestinian Authority,” he said.
Opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Kadima) visited Gan Yavne, where one of the rockets stuck, on Saturday evening.
“I will support any action the government chooses in order to stop the attacks,” she said. “Residents of the South bravely deal with constant attacks, and we will all try to support them.”
The rockets “remind everyone that the South is full of terrorist extremists, whom Israel must weaken directly and by negotiating with moderates who do not use violence,” Livni wrote on her Facebook page.
“Now, when Hamas feels strong following the Schalit deal, we must be aggressive in order to bring back Israel’s deterrence,” MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) said. “We must make the residents of the towns surrounding Gaza, and all of Israel’s citizens, feel safe again.”
MK Arye Eldad (National Union) said, “After avoiding a military attack on the heads of terrorist organizations and instead surrendering to Hamas and freeing hundreds of murderers, we will now have to act.
“The excuse that Schalit will be hurt can no longer disguise the disgrace of our capitulation,” Eldad said.
“Now Israel must stop reacting and start preventing.
Only methodically wiping out the heads of terrorist organizations, especially [Hamas’s Ahmed] Jabari who held Schalit, will bring back our deterrence that was worn out by the deal [for Schalit’s release].”
Police have gone on the second highest level of alert, and have called on members of the public to refrain from gathering at rocket impact zones, to avoid additional injuries.
Tovah Lazaroff and Reuters contributed to this report

Gaza Rocket Attacks Again

August 24, 2011
Deborah Lurya: Israel is under direct attack, and I am not interested in Glen Beck. I am more interested in our being focused enough to stand strong. If I offended anyone with my comments, I am sorry- they are my personal opinion based on what I have surmised and experienced from living. I never have attacked him, I appreciate his kind words- perhaps that is what the nation of israel is hungry for some kindness and truth

One thing is for sure… there will be a lot of good people on either side of the Beck issue, but there will not be a lot of good people who want Israel’s demise: A rocket was fired from northern Gaza towards the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, exploding in an open area.


New York Times: It Started When Israel Fired Back

August 21, 2011
Why is it that the New York Times still cannot distinguish the moral differences between Palestinian terror and Israeli measures to defend its citizens?Take a look at this headline and accompanying photo from the NY Times’ August 20 story: Why did the NY Times purposely choose an emotive image of a Palestinian child’s funeral? Particularly as Israel was also burying its dead as a result of a terror attack. This sort of misplaced moral equivalence is typical of the NY Times which also states (emphasis added): Israel blamed The Popular Resistance Committees for Thursday’s attack and killed its top commanders in an airstrike later that day, igniting cross-border exchanges after months of relative quiet under an informal cease-fire with Hamas. So who exactly “ignited” the violence? According to the NY Times it wasn’t those who carried out Thursday’s terror attack but Israel for responding. In addition, the term “cross-border exchanges” implies, once again, some sort of moral equivalence between Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilian targets and Israeli responses.

…ToraDock: ‘Thanks to Charles Atlas, you’ll never kick sand in my face again!’…

…Also yesterday the BBC failed to mention 80 missiles shot at Israeli civilians. PBS brought out some token Jew from Bloomberg to say that all had been quiet this year. Dutch National TV also did something like this.When they report the effect of any retaliation we don’t have to trust them either. The danger is when we believe them. Not a bad thing when they lie like that. it kills their credibility. The good thing about media when it gets imbalanced is they lose credibility to convince real liberal Jews. Our biggest threat is ourselves. Send your considered comments to the New York Times – letters@nytimes.com – remembering to include your address and phone number if you want it to be published.Honest Reporting


Victim of Beersheva rocket attack on way to 9-month pregnant wife

August 21, 2011
The victim of the Beersheva rocket attack carried out by terrorists on Saturday night is 38-year old Yossi Shoshan from Ofakim. Shoshan was on his way to his nine-month pregnant wife after hearing air raid sirens and becoming concerned for her safety, media reports said. – Carl
He was going to his nine-month pregnant wife when the sirens went off.