In addition, a balloon attached to an improvised explosive device (IED) was discovered near Ashkelon. The Israel Police bomb squad was summoned to neutralize the explosive.
"We need to deliver a powerful blow to Hamas. That is the only way to get the situation back to the way it was before, and to lower the level of violence to zero, or to nearly zero."
IAF pilots likewise carried out an air strike Friday against a separate terror cell that was preparing more terror balloon attacks against Israel, eliminating the threat.
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were still hurled over the security fence at Israeli soldiers, as were Molotov cocktails and live grenades, as in previous weeks.
Eizenkot, who ended a US visit early following the rocket that hit a civilian neighborhood in Beersheba, found himself engaged in his own survival war .
"These steps are only temporary and aim at avoiding war. We must never forget that, at its heart, Gaza is not a humanitarian problem, it is a political problem."
When asked if after the restoration of the Gaza Strip Hamas would take care of the needs of its citizens, Eiland replied: "No. Extremist regimes operate according to short-term interests."
The Hamas decision to ease the confrontations with the IDF "came to reduce the losses among the protesters."
"We must fight the terrorism of the balloons as the State of Israel fights any other kind of terrorism.”
Lapid blamed the Netanyahu administration for Wednesday's devastating rocket attack in Be'er Sheva: "This is the result of a government that for nearly five years hasn't decided what its policy is [regarding Gaza]."
The group is allegedly a radical faction that once was part of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction.
“Last night, missiles were fired on us from Gaza. Only the quick response of a mother saved the lives of her children. Israel will not stand by while our people are under attack, and the world must know that."
Come Friday, all hell should break loose around 2 PM, when the mosques in Gaza let people out.
IDF fighter jets attacked more than 20 Hamas terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning, in retaliation for the shooting of a...
The rocket alert went off in the Ashkelon Beach region at 8:33 AM on Wednesday.
Eyewitnesses said the Israeli raids had spread to the town of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, and a powerful explosion rocked Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.
The rocket hit the family's home, right after they closed the bomb shelter door.
Hamas also launched boats in an effort to break through Israel’s maritime blockade, but they were stopped by the IDF.
“We are very close to a different kind of activity, an activity that will include very powerful blows. If it has sense, Hamas will ... stop these violent disturbances – now.”
A colorful cluster of balloons arrived at midday at the Be’er Sheva school attached to what appears to be a small explosive, with a cord ending in a detonator or ignition piece.
"The big battle is between Habayit Hayehudi, which will be pulling to the right in all areas, versus the center-left, which is Yisrael Beiteinu."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday morning told the weekly Cabinet meeting that Hamas, apparently, has not internalized Israel's message. "If they do not stop...
“Our marches are not for the sake of solar (gasoline) or dollars. Our people have the right to live in dignity and end the blockade.”
“Israel will not tolerate a situation in which fuel trucks are allowed into Gaza on the one hand while on the other hand, terror and violence is carried out against IDF soldiers and citizens of Israel.”
A number of terrorists approached an IDF post and the force fired at them. The terrorists were killed. According to Ma'an, 7 Arabs were killed.