web analytics
October 23, 2014 / 29 Tishri, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



Hamas and IDF Box it Out in Rocket ‘Game’ of Negev Roulette

The government and Hamas act like two lightweight boxers. A jab here, and fake there – until a “lucky” punchy Hamas gives the IDF an excuse to deliver a 1-2, but not a knockout.
Boxing  The IDF and Hamas are jabbing each other with  'harmless' rocket attacks, and neither side wants a knockout. Above US Army lightweight boxers

Boxing The IDF and Hamas are jabbing each other with 'harmless' rocket attacks, and neither side wants a knockout. Above US Army lightweight boxers
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons: US Army

Terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza attacked the Western Negev with a rocket Saturday night, and the IDF continued its “proportionate retaliation” policy by bombing a “terror training base” and weapons depot.

No injuries were reported in both strikes.

The missile attack on Israel exploded near a Lag B’Omer celebration, prompting military officials to temporarily shut the Kerem Shalom crossing.

The Air Force Sunday morning bombed the terrorist sites, and military spokesmen issued the routine notice, “The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians, and will not allow for the reality before Pillar of Defense to take place again and threaten Israeli civilians. The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip.”

The reality actually is the opposite.

The government indeed does tolerate the rocket attacks. Terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula attacked the Eilat area last with rockets. The government retaliated by wagging its finger and tongue. It does not want to upset the Muslim Brotherhood establishment in Cairo.

Israel has a little more leeway with Hamas in Gaza but still “tolerates” them, so long as no one gets killed.

At least half a dozen rocket attacks from Gaza have taken place in the last month following several weeks of relative quiet after another “ceasefire.”

Officials in Jerusalem know full well that if it lashes Gaza with a powerful blow to stop the attacks, it will be thoroughly denounced for a “disproportionate” response.

The pawns in this Israeli version of “Negev Roulette” are the residents of the mostly rural area in the Western Negev and in the small towns of Netivot and Sderot.

The Kassam rocket has no guidance system. It usually falls in open areas, causing no apparent damage. Sometimes it hits a chicken barn. In any case, it keeps southern Israeli’s residents in a constant stage of trauma.

And sometimes a “primitive” rocket explodes smack in the middle of a populated area, such as a kindergarten. Or, if Hamas sees it has a political advantage to escalate the war, it has plenty of laser-guided missiles that can inflict heavy damage and casualties on Israel.

When that happens, God forbid, then the government gives the IDF to pulverize Gaza, knowing that the most the United nations and European Union can say in such a case is that “both sides should stop the escalation” and, of course, must lift the “siege,” which is the legal maritime blockade to prevent explosives, terrorists and weapons from being smuggled into Gaza by sea.

 

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

One Response to “Hamas and IDF Box it Out in Rocket ‘Game’ of Negev Roulette”

  1. Yechiel Baum says:

    When Gazans shot rockets, they aim to kill and it is Hashem's mighty arm that causes it to deflect from Jewish death.
    As arabs lebleive in an eye for an eye, why should we deliberatley miss? Is allah less capable?

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat meet with security officials over Oct. 22 terror attack.
Netanyahu Convenes Top Brass in Jerusalem Over Terror Attack
Latest News Stories
Israeli car damaged by rock attack in September 2014. (archive)

Despite PM Netanyahu’s vow to “assert sovereignty” over all parts of Jerusalem, Arabs continue to carry out potentially lethal rock attacks.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat meet with security officials over Oct. 22 terror attack.

Israel’s prime minister and the mayor of Jerusalem met today with security brass over the terror attack that wounded 8 and killed a 3-month-old baby.

An IAF BOEING 707 fueling three F-15 aircraft in flight, facilitating long-range missions, such as those being planned against Iranian nuclear sites.

For the first time since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Boeing Aerospace and Defense has made a sale to Iran.

Equipment at an oil well. (illustrative only, file photo)

Syria’s once-lucrative oil wells dissolve under U.S.-led coalition air strikes targeting the ISIS terror organization.

In Lebanon, a man in his 20s suspected of being ill with the Ebola virus has been placed in quarantine at a Beirut hospital.

Israelis of all ages watched in fascination as the Hawaiian-born Japanese-Samoan former sumo star, Konishiki Yasokichi shared his moves during a special workshop for children in Jerusalem.

The Legal Forum for Israel calls on Transportation Minister Katz to amend the law and revoke drivers’ licenses of convicted terrorists.

Kerry still thinks Muslim terror in Israel is different from elsewhere.

This Friday, millions of Jews in 340 cities around the world will be ‘keeping it together.’ The 7th day. Shabbat.

After decades of using diesel-powered locomotives, Israel Railways is going “electric.”

The real news will be when the West wakes up before it won’t be able to wake up.

Were you on the plane? Let us know what really happened.

Terror? Of course not. The Arab driver lost control of his steam shovel after being prematurely shot.

The first intifada began with Ishmael 3,500 years ago and never ended.

The funeral for Chaye Zisel Braun began at midnight Wednesday night.

More Articles from Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Canadian policeman at scene of terrorist attack in Ottawa on Wednesday.

Kerry still thinks Muslim terror in Israel is different from elsewhere.

The face of terror is the same in Ottawa as it is in Jerusalem,says Lieberman.

The real news will be when the West wakes up before it won’t be able to wake up.

Were you on the plane? Let us know what really happened.

Terror? Of course not. The Arab driver lost control of his steam shovel after being prematurely shot.

The first intifada began with Ishmael 3,500 years ago and never ended.

With all due respect to the IDF, since when is drug smuggling not linked to terror?

Wouldn’t be a lot easier if fanatic Haredim would simply charter their own planes?

Ban’s only interest in Gaza is to continue UNRWA’s occupation.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/hamas-and-idf-trade-rockets-in-game-of-negev-roulette/2013/04/28/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: