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Sleepless in Rishon Lezion, IDF Attacks in Gaza Continue

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

On the eve of the 22nd day of Operation Protective Edge, residents in the central Israeli coastal city of Rishon Lezion spent a sleepless night Monday, awakened suddenly at three in the morning by the wail of a Code Red rocket alert siren.

It had been a really tough day, with the loss of ten Israeli soldiers in Gaza operations, and the country was bone-tired. Israelis were tired.

Even though many homes are equipped with a ‘safe room’, it still required an effort to drag one’s self out of bed, and to rouse the children – or carry them sleeping – into the shelter, to safety, in 90 seconds or less.

Both of the M75 missiles fired from Gaza exploded on the outskirts of the city. Having presented no immediate threat to the population, neither was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system. As a result, much of the city heard the resulting ‘booms!’

The third missile attack, aimed at Ashdod, was in fact aimed directly at the port city’s residential neighborhoods. That one was intercepted by the Iron Dome system, and shrapnel from the resulting explosion high above the city fell from skies a few seconds later.

Since nearly everyone was in bed or in their shelters at that hour, the risk of curious Israelis racing to examine or even take pieces of the shrapnel as a souvenir of the war, was thankfully minimized.

Meanwhile, Israel Defense Forces redoubled their attacks in Gaza overnight and into Tuesday morning, focusing heavy artillery fire and air strikes on the northern part of the region.

But reports by the IDF that 150 targets in Gaza were attacked over the past 24 hours are being challenged by retired IDF officials and analysts questioning their value. IAF fighter pilots bombed the home of Hamas Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, but it was empty at the time, with Haniyeh and his family safely tucked away elsewhere, far from the battle zone.

Retired National Security Council chief Maj.-Gen. (Res) Giora Eiland warned the Hebrew-language newspaper Yediot Acharonot on Tuesday the IDF needs to advance deeper into Gaza. “It is not going to be possible to reach a true cease fire within the coming days,” he said. “It is unwise to remain only in the areas we are in at the moment; in order to get significant achievements we need to go deeper in our operations,” he explained. “Attacking Haniyeh’s home is not important,” he added. “He could not care less.” Haniyeh told reporters in response to the report: “My house is not more valuable than the houses of other people. Destroying stones will not break our determination,” he said.

Overnight IAF fighter pilots attacked 10 terror operatives in central Gaza, confirming hits each time.

The IDF targeted more than 70 terror sites overnight throughout Gaza, including two sites used as command and control centers belonging to Hamas, four weapon storage sites concealed within mosques, a concealed rocket launcher located near a mosque and an offensive tunnel.

In the early hours of the morning, IDF demolished a full terror tunnel route and also struck the Gaza City office of the Hamas treasury — used to fund and manage Hamas’ terror activities.

In addition, the IDF struck the Al-Aqsa television station used to incite Palestinians against Israel. The station is also used to transmit orders and messages to Hamas operatives and instruct Gaza residents to ignore IDF warnings about upcoming military activity in specific areas, the IDF said. But despite the bombing, Hamas reported the channel has continued its broadcasts – an indication that its primary transmitters and studios remained unscathed.

Day 17: Iron Dome Protects Tel Aviv, Coastal Cities Again

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The Iron Dome team was busy again Thursday morning protecting metro Tel Aviv-Yafo (Jaffa).

It appears that Hamas terrorists are becoming increasingly frustrated and desperate as they fire large mid-range missiles barrages at the Mediterranean coast in attempts to wreak havoc on major Israeli cities.

Fewer long-range missiles have been launched at other cities around Israel, however.

A massive barrage of missiles was fired just before 11 am at the White City, with sirens screaming as far north as Herzliya. and explosions heard above greater Tel Aviv. At least five M75 missiles were intercepted over Rishon Lezion, according to Channel 10 television. No one was physically hurt and no damage was report.

Six missiles were intercepted over metropolitan Tel Aviv, the station reported.

Latest Rocket Alert Update: Thursday 2:22 PM

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

2:22pm Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara

2:04pm Ashkelon, Ashdod

2:02pm Kiryat Gat, Gedera

2:01pm Zikkim, Karmiya, Be’er Tuvia, Kiryat Malachi

12:30pm Netivot, Kfar Maimon and surrounds

11:35am Sderot and surrounds

11:18am metro Tel Aviv, Ramat Hasharon, Herzliya

10:59am Bnei Brak, Ramat Gan, Bat Yam, Holon, Elad, Petach Tikvah, metro Tel Aviv

10:58am Gan Sorek, Rishon Lezion, Ramat Hasharon, Ra’ana, Shfela, Gush Dan Hod Hasharon, Rosh Ha’Ayin, Kiryat Ono

8:03 am Ashkelon coastal region, Sha’ar HaNegev regional council

8:01 am Yad Mordechai, Netiv Ha’Asara

7:30 am Eshkol regional council – rocket exploded with no warning received

Day 3: Iron Dome Smashes Missiles Over Tel Aviv

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Tel Aviv residents began their morning on Thursday with the wail of the Color Red incoming rocket alert siren followed by the boom of the Iron Dome anti-missile system smashing a missilesheading straight for the city.

Large pieces of shrapnel landed in the streets of a neighborhood in southern Tel Aviv. Miraculously, no physical injuries were reported. Falling shrapnel can be extremely dangerous; residents were cautioned to remain in their shelters and safe spaces until given the “all clear” by security officials or Home Front Command — or until 10 minutes of silence has passed.

Barely two hours later, at 11:25 a.m. they were doing it again, with sirens sending hundreds of thousands of residents in Tel Aviv and Yafo (Jaffa) scrambling for cover.

Two missiles were fired at the White City but both landed in open areas in the greater metropolitan area. No physical injuries were reported. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other top officials were in the city consulting on the security situation at the time and they, too, headed straight for the shelter the second the Color Red siren was activated.

Gaza terrorists also fired M75 missile attacks at the eastern Negev cities of Dimona, Yerucham and Mitzpe Ramon, as Hamas searches desperately for a “quality” strike on a significant target. Dimona presents such a possibility; the city is home to Israel’s nuclear plant. At least one missile landed in an open area on the outskirts of the city; no physical injuries were reported. Hamas fired a barrage of three missiles at Dimona on Wednesday night as well. One of the missiles was shot down by the Iron Dome system, and two others landed in open areas, causing no physical injuries or damage.

In general, it’s been a busy morning as the Iron Dome system and its operators pick and choose which rockets and missiles must be eliminated from the skies.

A short-range rocket was shot down as it headed for the western Negev city of Netivot at around 10 am. Two other rockets landed in open areas, but not entirely without cost: the explosion ignited a fire, which required firefighters to risk their lives in coming out to extinguish the blaze as other rockets were exploding. Gaza terrorists fired a barrage of rockets and missiles towards the Negev that reached as far as 84 kilometers (52 miles) from Israel’s border with the region. Meanwhile, the IDF targeted a Hamas terrorist in northern Gaza has he was firing rockets at Israel. A direct hit was confirmed. Several hours earlier, the IDF also eliminated three Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists in northern Gaza who were manufacturing medium-range missiles. Out of the PIJ’s approximate arsenal of some 5,500 rockets and missiles, more than 100 have an 80+ kilometer(50 mile) range.

Missiles Fired at Dimona, Ness Tziona, Rehovot

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Gaza terrorists fired three M75 missiles at the eastern Negev city of Dimona on Wednesday night, but no one was injured.

Two of the missiles landed in open areas, causing no damage. The third was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, indicating it was headed for a populated area.

The Hamas terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the attack, stating it had attempted to strike at Israel’s nuclear reactor, which is located just outside the city.

The group also launched attacks on the coastal cities of Rehovot, Yavneh and Ness Tziona. As in Dimona, Iron Dome anti-missile batteries intercepted each missile. Residents of the areas were also warned by the Color Red incoming rocket alert system prior to the attacks, which allowed them time to race to shelters in safety.

PA Unity Gov’t to Leave Missiles with Terrorists?

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Will a Palestinian Authority unity government leave thousands of missiles in the hands of terror groups in Gaza? So it would seem.

In the event the Fatah faction led by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas actually manages to create a unity government with the Hamas terror organization, the two entities will need to integrate their security establishments.

In Ramallah, the PA paramilitary police force is armed with AK-47 assault weapons, among other things.

But not missiles.

In Gaza, Hamas has Qassam rockets that can be launched to explode at ranges from 10 to 30 kilometers, Grad Katyusha missiles that can reach up to 40 kilometers, and M75 missiles that can reach ranges of up to 75 to 80 kilometers (40 miles) away – as far from Gaza as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

More than 12,000 rockets, mortars and missiles have rained down on southern Israel from Gaza in the past decade. Thousands more remain.

But it is not clear what will happen to those missiles when the unity government is formed.

Dr. Aaron Lerner of the Independent Media Review and Analysis (IMRA) watchdog agency asked a Reuters Bureau Chief whether the news outlet had put the question to Hamas.

“When I asked a spokesman for [PA chief negotiator Saeb] Erekat if ‘honoring commitments’ included the interim agreement commitment that bars weapons such as rockets and missiles he refused to reply – only repeating that would ‘honor commitments,’ “ Lerner wrote to the bureau chief in an email.

In response, Reuters responded, “Mahmoud Al-Zahar did not specifically mention missiles or rockets, but was adamant that whatever happened, the militant forces would remain independent. Given that, I imagine that the missiles would also remain in the hands of Hamas or Islamic Jihad.”

It is clear that regardless of which side answers the question, neither is willing to make a commitment to laying down their arms. Both are committed to ensuring that the missiles remain in terrorist hands – where they can be aimed at Israeli civilians.

A unity government means a death sentence to peace, precisely as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned the U.S.

Let’s hope America heeds the warning!

Second Rocket Attack Aimed at Ashkelon a Warm-up for Tel Aviv

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Gaza terrorists have fired their second rocket in 24 hours on the Ashkelon coastal region in the umpteenth round of a gradual escalation of attacks on Israel that IDF commanders have said over and over are only a prelude to an assault on Tel Aviv.

No injuries or damage was reported Thursday night after Code Red early warning sirens wailed south of the port city of Ashkelon, home to strategic oil, gas and electric infrastructures.

A rocket last night hit the same area in what has been a rapid escalation of attacks from Gaza the past month. Sniper fire earlier this week killed an Israeli civilian working for the IDF on the security fence at Gaza, and the IDF immediately went into its usual mode of making headlines with attacks on terror targets, accompanied by the huffing and puffing of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that “we will strike those who attack us, and “there will be no immunity for anyone.”

Of course, that is really true only when the missiles threaten Tel Aviv, which is what set off Operation Case Lead exactly five years ago, and when the missiles actually hit Tel Aviv, as in November 2012, when the army launched the Pillar of Cloud counter-terrorist operation.

Every assault on the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza ends up in a draw. Israel halts fire, surrenders to international pressure to be a nice guy and encourages Hamas to make peace by allowing dual-purpose item such as concrete and metal to flow into the area.

The next step is that Hamas used the materials to build hospitals and schools, which are great shields when launching missiles that it also builds with the same materials.

The “calm” gives U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry an opportunity to plow ahead with his program for a piece of peace paper between the Palestinian Authority and Israel while Hamas uses the lull in violence to build bigger and better missiles.

While IDF scurried this week to move Iron Dome battery systems to protect Sderot and Be’er Sheva, the threat on Tel Aviv is not propaganda and is not imaginary.

Israel destroyed Iranian-made M-75 medium range missiles in 2012, but Amos Harel, military analyst for Haaretz, wrote Thursday that Hamas no longer has to depend on Iran. Gaza has its only military-industrial complex to boost the economy and produce made-in-Gaza missiles destined for metropolitan Tel Aviv.

“Israel must take into account that in the next conflict, if and when it breaks out, Hamas will present a more significant ability to hit the Greater Tel Aviv Area, even if it is still marginal as compared to the abilities of Hezbollah in Lebanon,” Harel wrote.

All it takes is one missile, God forbid, to hit a factory, office building or high-rise apartment building, and Game Over.

All of the calls by the international community for restraint won’t get past the Mediterranean Coast.

If all of this does not seem like déjà vu, guess when the following statement was made by  Maj. Gen. Tal Russo, who at the time was head of the Southern Command.

Another counter-terrorist operation in Gaza “depends on the other side. We are trying to enable residents of southern communities to live as normally as possible.”

He made the comment on March 26, 1911, between Cast Lead and Pillar of Cloud.

A year later, then IDF spokesman Brig. Gen. Mordechai said, “What will be different in the next war is the understanding that the IDF will need to operate a very large force at the start of the operation, and achieve objectives in as short a time as possible. The longer the operation goes on, the greater the challenge we encounter—also in terms of public opinion.”

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