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Gaza terrorists sent their response to the Egyptian cease fire proposal via missile fire in Ashdod. A house sustained a direct hit.

Gaza terrorists have fired some 30 rockets and mortars at Israel in response to the unilateral cease fire initiated by the Jerusalem government Tuesday morning.

An initial barrage of 10 rockets and missiles was fired at southern Israel late Tuesday morning, underlining the group’s rejection of a cease fire proposal advanced by Egypt and begun by Israel at 9am. Grad missiles exploded shortly after 11:30 am in the port city of Ashdod, re-traumatizing residents and destroying more property.

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One house sustained a direct hit in Ashdod, but miraculously no one was physically injured. Several residents were treated for shock, however, according to police. Four other missiles were intercepted directly over the city by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, indicating they were all heading for populated areas. Shorter-range rockets also landed in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district. Both were proof Hamas intended to make good on its word to reject the cease fire proposal advanced by Egypt.

A few minutes later, two rockets were intercepted over the town of Netivot, and an IDF soldier sustained shrapnel wounds in a rocket attack on the town of Sderot. The attack was the third since Israel’s security cabinet had announced its decision to unilaterally stop firing – although, the IDF warned, defensive action would still be taken and offensive responses would be considered as the situation warranted.

By midday, Hamas had fired barrages aimed at Haifa, Hadera, Ness Tziona, Ashdod, Yavneh, Rehovot and Ashkelon, among numerous other targets. Two missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome system above central Israel a few minutes before 2 pm.

Gaza’s Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told international reporters Tuesday morning, “The responses of resistance will continue until the demands of our people are achieved. Any unilateral Israeli cessation has no value in the light of the large crimes and the disastrous humanitarian situation.”

Among other points, the proposal, accepted unilaterally by Israel’s security cabinet in a 6-2 vote Tuesday morning, called for border crossings (from Israel) to Gaza to “be opened,” with the movement of people and goods to be “facilitated once the security situation becomes stable on the ground.”

One hour after Israel announced it had accepted Egypt’s proposed cease fire with Gaza, Hamas terrorists responded with a terse statement. “Don’t speak to us about a “calm” or ‘ceasefire.’ Our rockets will continue to land in your territory,” Gaza’s ruling faction promised.

The terrorist group punctuated its response with rocket fire aimed at a group of communities in the Eshkol Regional Council district. Two rockets landed in open areas.

About half an hour later, a Color Red incoming rocket alert sent members of Kibbutz Kerem Shalom racing for their shelters as well. In that area, Israelis have only 15 seconds to reach a safe space before a rocket explodes in their midst.

According to the terms of the proposal accepted by Israel, firing was to cease at 9 am. Between 9am and 12 noon, however, 22 rockets and missiles were fired at Israel from Gaza.

IDF Spokesman Lt.Col. Peter Lerner said in a statement sent to media at 10:50 am, “In accordance with the government directives, the IDF now holds fire. We remain alert and preserve high preparedness levels, both defensive and offensive. If the Hamas terror organization will fire at Israel, we shall respond.”

The vote by the security cabinet – which was not unanimous – also approved “forceful action” if Hamas violated the agreement, which it did within the hour. But it is not clear what, if anything, Israel will do, nor did officials give any indication what the term “forceful action” might mean.

Although Israeli officials tried to paint the cease fire acceptance as a victory, civilians calling in to radio programs Tuesday morning were anything but satisfied. Most expressed disappointment and outrage that Israel was backing away without first eliminating the rocket fire from Gaza as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had promised to do at the outset of launching Operation Protective Edge. “The goals of the operation were to restore quiet for a long period of time and that goal has been achieved,” said a diplomatic source immediately following the cabinet meeting.

However, that is not true and quiet has not, in fact, been achieved at all – as was proved one scant hour after the cabinet vote.

The one advantage Israelis have gained is the certain knowledge – previously unrevealed – about the expansion and sophistication of the Hamas arsenal and military force, and the fact there is no longer anywhere in the country safe from Gaza missile fire. We are no longer facing a group of primitive terrorists in Gaza; we now face a full-fledged Hamas military force, similar to Hezbollah in Lebanon, plus ISIS. That issue must be dealt with and the sooner, the better.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

83 COMMENTS

  1. So waoe back then, you have to picture what would be between people? It’s a perfect time to talk it out . So you was the big brother say the Holy Bible, so how are we cousins, I am trying to figure it out, what start a war , maybe jealousy? Or worse envy , any case that was then, they didn’t have , what we have today, on the world of communication through Freedom.

  2. So waoe back then, you have to picture what would be between people? It’s a perfect time to talk it out . So you was the big brother say the Holy Bible, so how are we cousins, I am trying to figure it out, what start a war , maybe jealousy? Or worse envy , any case that was then, they didn’t have , what we have today, on the world of communication through Freedom.

  3. 66 years ago, Israel wasn’t controlled by either Arabs nor Jews,
    It was controlled by the British and before that Ottoman Empire, and before that Romans, the Jews WAS IN COMPLETE CONTROL OF THE REGION BEFORE them ALL!

    ARABS NEVER CONTROLLED THE REGION, PERIOD!

    The time when majority of the Arabs claiming “rights” to the land were the ones immigrated to Israel when THE Ottoman Empire/BRITISH CONTROLLED IT!

    But Jews still remained in the country (Ottoman Empire era) even though most were being discriminated and exiled to other Arab countries and Europe, when the time came In 1878: The Ottoman Sultan Launched a Resettlement Policy” To Bring Foreign MOSLEMS, From Mainly Circassia & Algeria

    Mainly To overthrow the population of the Jews.

    In Jerusalem In Fact the Jews were the Majority, a document from the British Consulate Dated in 1859 States: “The Moslems Of Jerusalem Do Not Exceed a Fourth Of The Entire Population”

    After 1880, The Forces Of Nascent Jewish Nationalism, FOREIGN MOSLEM COLONIZATION Sponsored By The Turks, and Spontaneous ARAB IMMIGRATION Prompted by the new prosperity of “Palestine” Changed The Demographic Face Of The Land.

    Given that starting in 1878 enormous waves of Muslims immigration began arriving,in what was essentially a empty territory,
    It is obvious that the vast majority of those now calling themselves Palestinians, do not have thousand year old roots in the place.

    The Arabs that overthrown the Jews FROM THE NEW POLICY BY THE TURKS, restricted them from entering the land, IN THAT TIME only allowing Arabs TO IMMIGRATE !

    They didn’t even let them go to their holy sites ( the western wall etc), until Israel claimed its independence.

    So when majority BECAME THE Muslims, BRITISH appointed the man, Hussani , HE started to make a revolt against the Jews in the 1900’s , the British got involved and exiled him to Syria , then all Arab countries started to treat Jews like animals, by raping, murdering, taking their belongings etc…(including my family) and were forced to be exiled out , (More then a million Jews)!

    This was the same timing as the holocost , (which Husseni met with Hitler to discuss how to kill all the Jews) The Jews said it was time to go back to israel, and settle there where THEY CAME FROM (Even though there was still Jews there, but the ones that were expelled from the other Arab / Europe countries came to israel in peace. (They were originally from israel, they were coming back, because Arab / Europe countries were treating them like garbage.

    They BOUGHT LAND , from the Arabs that was there , no one is denying they the Arabs was there, but they weren’t there a long time like you think, and not only did they buy from the Arabs But for very high prices , we came in peace , the lands were mostly damaged from the Mustfi Hussanies plea for the revolt against the Jews!
    Then when the U.N / BRITISH SAW, what was going on, THEY PROPOSED TO MAKE IT A 2 state country between Jews and Arabs, reflecting the history of the Jews , Jews accepted, Arabs REJECTED, that’s when the Arabs provoked & STARTED THE WAR , not only the arabs in israel , but all of the neighboring ones as well, Jordan, Egypt , Syria , Lebanon etc… AND LOST!
    The neighboring countries , told many of them THAT WERE LIVING IN ISRAEL and the ones even from their own countries to flee until war was over , they listened and believed in getting rid of the Jews, THEY WERE PART OF THE WAR!!!!

    THE Arabs THAT DIDNT TAKE PART ARE BETTER NOW KNOWN AS THE ARAB ISRAELIS , who remained and were respected and treated with democracy, no one took anything from anybody, in war people die, and lose things REMEMBER THAT!

    Just think, did Arabs give back all the things they stole from the Jews in the Arab countries?
    Do we cry about it?
    We moved on, they wanted to exterminate us and lost against a tiny nation, tell me how in the world can a small group of people go against 7 Arab countries, in the most anti Jewish time ever? How?
    ITS NOT POSSIBLE , PERIOD!
    ITS G-Ds way of saying this the Jews land, think about it.

    Since then, Israel is constantly talking to make peace, but it’s the Arabs that doesn’t corupperrate, they want ALL or NOTHING, they don’t want Jews to have any control. over the years this selfish attitude made things WORSE, they started to do Terror actions against innocent civilians suicide bombs etc, that’s when Israel had no choice but to build a wall blocking them from entering in 2002, and since then there was no more suicide bombers , IF THEY WERE PEACEFUL AND LIVED WITH US IN HARMONY , this all would NOT happen, understand???????????

    READ The HISTORY!

  4. Mohd Fahmi you another scum terrorist resistance?you fucker yoystarted fool now you’ll see what Israel can really do.no more warning no more phonening you terrorist savages you call yourselves resistance raping woman killing them?resistance beheading resistance.putting woman and children’s in front sending rockets from a mosque resistance?you and your idiots followers haven’t seen yet the strength of Israel fools

  5. Mohd Fahmi you another scum terrorist resistance?you fucker yoystarted fool now you’ll see what Israel can really do.no more warning no more phonening you terrorist savages you call yourselves resistance raping woman killing them?resistance beheading resistance.putting woman and children’s in front sending rockets from a mosque resistance?you and your idiots followers haven’t seen yet the strength of Israel fools

  6. Mohd Fahmi you another scum terrorist resistance?you fucker yoystarted fool now you’ll see what Israel can really do.no more warning no more phonening you terrorist savages you call yourselves resistance raping woman killing them?resistance beheading resistance.putting woman and children’s in front sending rockets from a mosque resistance?you and your idiots followers haven’t seen yet the strength of Israel fools

  7. Delusion is running through your stream.
    You just said to forget about history, well I’m not even going back 3,000 years ago, but being nice and just talking about the last 100.
    I’m a descent from a Jewish community in Syria , my grandfather and family was forced out, leaving everything behind, came to israel with his shirt on his back, lost everything he owned.

    Over 1 million Jews were kicked or forced out of Arab countries, we never got compensated?

    For many years we lived together, but then, the radicals mentality kicked in the Muslims, in the early 1900’s Mufti Hussani sent many revolts towards the Jews, it was a mess started by them.

    Jews were buying they’re land LEGALLY, and minding their business.

    Even the Arab leaders at the time confirm this in the British Mandate, Mufti Hussani the man himself who sent the revolts admited , that the Jews bought land legally and not only that , but bought land higher then what the market was asking for.

    Abdullah King of Jordan, said he was amazed of the paradise made in the fields by the Jews.

    THIS IS ALL RECORED BY THE BRITISH MANDATE.
    Go educate yourself, and be a little wiser, and maybe then you can stop living a lie.

  8. Delusion is running through your stream.
    You just said to forget about history, well I’m not even going back 3,000 years ago, but being nice and just talking about the last 100.
    I’m a descent from a Jewish community in Syria , my grandfather and family was forced out, leaving everything behind, came to israel with his shirt on his back, lost everything he owned.

    Over 1 million Jews were kicked or forced out of Arab countries, we never got compensated?

    For many years we lived together, but then, the radicals mentality kicked in the Muslims, in the early 1900’s Mufti Hussani sent many revolts towards the Jews, it was a mess started by them.

    Jews were buying they’re land LEGALLY, and minding their business.

    Even the Arab leaders at the time confirm this in the British Mandate, Mufti Hussani the man himself who sent the revolts admited , that the Jews bought land legally and not only that , but bought land higher then what the market was asking for.

    Abdullah King of Jordan, said he was amazed of the paradise made in the fields by the Jews.

    THIS IS ALL RECORED BY THE BRITISH MANDATE.
    Go educate yourself, and be a little wiser, and maybe then you can stop living a lie.

  9. Delusion is running through your stream.
    You just said to forget about history, well I’m not even going back 3,000 years ago, but being nice and just talking about the last 100.
    I’m a descent from a Jewish community in Syria , my grandfather and family was forced out, leaving everything behind, came to israel with his shirt on his back, lost everything he owned.

    Over 1 million Jews were kicked or forced out of Arab countries, we never got compensated?

    For many years we lived together, but then, the radicals mentality kicked in the Muslims, in the early 1900’s Mufti Hussani sent many revolts towards the Jews, it was a mess started by them.

    Jews were buying they’re land LEGALLY, and minding their business.

    Even the Arab leaders at the time confirm this in the British Mandate, Mufti Hussani the man himself who sent the revolts admited , that the Jews bought land legally and not only that , but bought land higher then what the market was asking for.

    Abdullah King of Jordan, said he was amazed of the paradise made in the fields by the Jews.

    THIS IS ALL RECORED BY THE BRITISH MANDATE.
    Go educate yourself, and be a little wiser, and maybe then you can stop living a lie.

  10. Zia Ul Islam.fool.when it comes to history you dumb.idiot by putting children’s and woman infront you kill them stupid the civilised world knows who are terrorist .even the un security council levels your hamas war criminal for every single rocket.the only contamination from Arab countrys is ZERO they tell Israel please stop.while rockets fly we don’t stop.get off your high horse open your eyes.when you type your eyes closed.by the way what you using right now is Israel invention .and many more including medicens you take.what Moslems invented besides terrorist? NOTHING.

  11. Zia Ul Islam.fool.when it comes to history you dumb.idiot by putting children’s and woman infront you kill them stupid the civilised world knows who are terrorist .even the un security council levels your hamas war criminal for every single rocket.the only contamination from Arab countrys is ZERO they tell Israel please stop.while rockets fly we don’t stop.get off your high horse open your eyes.when you type your eyes closed.by the way what you using right now is Israel invention .and many more including medicens you take.what Moslems invented besides terrorist? NOTHING.

  12. Zia Ul Islam.fool.when it comes to history you dumb.idiot by putting children’s and woman infront you kill them stupid the civilised world knows who are terrorist .even the un security council levels your hamas war criminal for every single rocket.the only contamination from Arab countrys is ZERO they tell Israel please stop.while rockets fly we don’t stop.get off your high horse open your eyes.when you type your eyes closed.by the way what you using right now is Israel invention .and many more including medicens you take.what Moslems invented besides terrorist? NOTHING.

  13. Zia Ul Islam.fool.when it comes to history you dumb.idiot by putting children’s and woman infront you kill them stupid the civilised world knows who are terrorist .even the un security council levels your hamas war criminal for every single rocket.the only contamination from Arab countrys is ZERO they tell Israel please stop.while rockets fly we don’t stop.get off your high horse open your eyes.when you type your eyes closed.by the way what you using right now is Israel invention .and many more including medicens you take.what Moslems invented besides terrorist? NOTHING.

  14. And one wonders why Egypt has ended any Muslim Brotherhood government there. Hamas is something Egypt knows is only a detriment to people, even Muslims. It’s why there is a “Palestine” –because Palestinians are people no stable or earnest government wants even in the Middle East. The only reason they get anything or are tolerated at all is because they are used to as a proxy force by those hating Israel. If palestinians stop fighting Israel, embrace peace, every Muslim country would cut off all funds to them. It’s why there will be no peace ever there and “Palestine” would completely shrivel up and die.

  15. There are many brainwashed Jews, this kid doesn’t prove anything.

    There are also many Arabs that aren’t brainwashed either.

    Your point?

    Here let me make this easy coming from a actual strong source, your Official PLO! 🙂

    Zahir Muhsein :The Chief Of Military Operations Of The Palestinians Liberation Organization or the PLO, NOW better known as “The Palestine Authority”
    In a Interview with Dutch Magazine TROUW, Muhsein Explained:
    “We are all part of ONE people, The Arab Nation…We are One People. Just For Political reasons we carefully underwrite our Palestinian identity. Because it is of National Interests for the Arabs to advocate the existence of Palestinians to balance Zionism” “YES, The existence of a separate Palestinian identity exists only for tactical reasons.
    The Establishment of a Palestinian State is a NEW TOOL to continue the fight against Israel and for Arab unity.”

    Question? Why does Muhsein say “A NEW TOOL TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT AGAINST ISRAEL”?

    In war after war the combined efforts of several Arab/Muslims states were defeated by “Tiny Israel” Again, and Again,and Again… So a NEW TOOL was Needed! A Political war strategy that combined Terrorism with diplomacy to achieve what open warfare could not. SO is Zahir Muhsein saying that a Palestinian people with a presumed right to the land of the Jewish State was simply invented?

    The PLO Charter appear to confirm this, In its first charter, Dated 1964 the PLO defined Palestine in Article 2: With its boundaries at the time of the British Mandate. This is reference of the second arbitrary definition of the British from 1922.

    How can a 20th Century Foreign colonial power, arbitrarily define the boundaries of the supposedly ancestral land of the Palestinians?

    But in truth, The PLO Did Not even really adapt the British Definition.

    In Article 24: The PLO explicitly asserted that: Judea, Samaria, and Gaza,The Territories which it NOW claims for its desires State, were not Palestinian.

    Article 24: “This Organization does not exercise any territorial sovereignty over the West Bank (Judea And Samaria) In The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan or on the Gaza strip.

    In 1968 the PLO rewrote its charter, this time the definition of Palestine did not exclude Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, so the PLO was NOW claiming these territories, so what explains the change?

    In 1964 when the PLO wrote its first charter, Egypt was illegally occupying Gaza and Jordan was illegally occupying Judea and Samaria, But then the Arabs states PROVOKED the WAR of 1967,(The 6 day war) in which the Israelis captured the Territories of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza among others.

    It was after this that the PLO rewrote its constitution , in 1968, this time including Judea , Samaria, and Gaza, in its definition of Palestine.

    The Borders of Palestine are therefore flexible, and are redrawn to surround it exactly the territories which Israel controls, in other words, the borders of Palestine are chosen merely so that it can be used as a tool to continue the fight against Israel.

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out! 🙂

  16. Propaganda? Poor thing, this is the OFFICIAL PLO CHARTER , you can’t call that propaganda.

    Obviously we want peace as well, and when they say to kill them all they obviously don’t mean innocent people, They mean Hamas and those who follow their charter to drive all Jews to the sea, and want destruction.

    Israel isn’t looking to kill, they accept all enemies to their hospitals for free, warn before fire, and aid in water and electric, israel is so good to the the enemies side, and you chose to ignore it.

    Israel agreed with Egypt and was ready for ceasefire and accepted to stop firing, and did!
    But Hamas rejects the notion and is still continuing forcing israel to protect itself.

    Why is this not clear to you?

  17. I don’t justify the innocent peoples deaths, Hamas is firing from civilian areas, they are asking for these casualties for the media, to paint israel bad, otherwise why fire from homes, schools , Mosques and hospitals, don’t be a coward and hide behind children, they are inviting these deaths to themselves. You are so thick.

  18. Wow, so what is israel supposed to do? Embrace the 200 missiles a day coming in? Are you stupid, they are coming from civilian areas, don’t be smart with me.

    This is Hamas doing, if you want to blame anyone , blame them, even the Palestinian rep of the UN , admits this.

  19. Wow, so what is israel supposed to do? Embrace the 200 missiles a day coming in? Are you stupid, they are coming from civilian areas, don’t be smart with me.

    This is Hamas doing, if you want to blame anyone , blame them, even the Palestinian rep of the UN , admits this.

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