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Miracle Saves Gaza Belt Community in Mortar Shell Attack

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Gaza terrorists attacked the Western Negev with a mortar shell that landed smack in the middle of a small community Wednesday night but miraculously exploded in an open area without causing damage or injuries.

The IDF is investigating why the Color Red early warning system did not sound and give residents the usual advance notice of 20 seconds to scurry to bomb shelters.

Earlier in the day, terrorists launched a mortar shell but it landed inside the Gaza area.

The name of the community targeted in the explosion Wednesday night was not reported for reasons of security except that it was in the Sha’ar HaNegev region, less than a mile from northern Gaza and home to several farming moshavim and kibbutzim.

The IDF is certain to retaliate within hours, but as usual, the targets will be a rocket or mortar shell launching site or perhaps a weapons factory and a smuggling tunnel.

The IDF knows the locations of terrorists but responds only in the case of rocket strike or mortar shelling or a “ticking bomb” plot to attack.

A strong counter-terrorist maneuver, such as invading Gaza or bombing Hamas offices would meet with universal condemnation for a “disproportionate” attack.

And Israel does not want to be disproportionate because it might cause the world to be angry with the Jews. It might mean Israel won’t have the backing of the United Nations and the Obama administration, especially  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Oh, did someone say Israel does not have that support anyway? No, it can’t be. Kerry says he is pro-Israel, so it must be.

But what happens when, God forbid, the IDF runs out of miracles, and a mortar shell or “primitive” Kassam rocket hits a kindergarten? That happened a couple of years ago, but another miracle happened – the pre-school facility was closed for the day.

But when someone is killed or seriously wounded, and it will happen, then the IDF can be “proportionate” and go after one or two terrorists.

The principle of “proportionate” only applies to Israel. The day is not near when any other country will count how many citizens are killed or wounded by an enemy missile strike before going to war against the attacker.

But the United States is big on proportionate retaliation. Wasn’t it the United States that dropped a couple of Atomic Bombs on Japan? And wasn’t it the atomic bombs that put an end to the war?

Israel does not need to nuke Gaza,. The time will come when Gaza will meet its Maker,

The best scenario is one whereby Gaza falls apart with a mini-civil war breaking out between terrorists who will kill each other off until the only ones remaining alive are the poor Arabs who enjoyed a much better life when the Jews were employing them as construction workers in Tel Aviv and farm workers in Gush Katif.

One scenario is another major counter terrorist attack, but that won’t happen until the world gives up on Hamas and puts it money behind the cliché that “Israel has a right to defend itself (but it better not).”

That is not going to happen today. Nor tomorrow. And not next month.

The third scenario, more likely, is a mini counter-offensive in Gaza, with aerial bombing of Hamas targets but without, God forbid, injuring any terrorists, usually described to the gullible and foolish media establishment as people who are handicapped, mentally ill or are small children who actually were playing soccer in a no-go zone near the security fence at Gaza.

And there is the other scenario, the one that is now in place.

It’s called Russian Roulette..

So, please, pray tonight for more miracles.

Israeli Aircraft Strikes Terrorists Preparing Rocket Launch

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

An Israel Air Force aircraft struck what the Israeli military said were terrorists planning to launch rockets at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip.

One man was killed and three injured in the attack, Palestinian media reported following the airstrike on Monday evening. The dead man was identified as Mus’ab Za’aneen, 21, a member of the Al-Quds Brigade, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad.

“The mission was carried out in order to eliminate an imminent attack targeting civilian communities of southern Israel,” according to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces spokesman’s office.

“IDF intelligence, operational capability and determination to eliminate a real-time threat keeps Israelis safe in their homes,” IDF spokesman Peter Lerner said.

The airstrike came shortly after Code Red alerts signaling an incoming rocket were sounded near Ashkelon in southern Israel.

On Friday evening, Israeli troops fired on a Palestinian woman who approached the border fence and did not respond to orders to halt, despite being in a military security zone. The woman, according to her family, was mentally disturbed.

Terrorists Attack Eilat with 2 Missiles

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Terrorists  attacked Eilat with two Grad missiles early Monday evening, without causing damage or property damage.

The IDF has confirmed earlier reports of the rocket explosions, and security forces are combing the area to find the location of impact, a process that could take up to several days. Last month, the location of a missile attack on the area was discovered after five days.

It was not clear if the missiles were launched from the Sinai or central Gaza, but in either case, Hamas, Islamic Jihad or their brethren probably were involved.

Monday evenings missiles attacks – the media usually causes them “rockets” so it sounds a lot better for the peace process – shook windows and buildings in the tourist city. One witness saw a flash in the sky before one of the explosions.

The IDF has not yet retaliated for Monday’s attacks. An Israeli military official was quoted last week as saying, “We won’t go back to a situation where three or four times a week the red alarm sounds in southern Israeli towns.”

To the extent that the early warning sirens did not sound in Eilat, the IDF is technically off the hook, but the sentiment in the government, and in Israel, is that it is time to stop playing “rocket roulette:” because one eday, one of those little missiles is not going to fall in an open area but rather God forbid, on a home or kindergarten.

Israel’s problem, and it is a problem only because the government makes it one, is that a strong counter terrorist campaign would blow up the so-called peace talks.

Israel Air Force Shows How It Bombs Terror Targets (Video)

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

The Israeli Air Force almost immediately retaliated to Wednesday night’s multiple rocket attacks on Israel and scored direct hits on an underground rocket launcher, a weapons storage facility and a factory manufacturing weapons.

The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted the rockets from Gaza before they could hit their targets in Ashkelon, approximately 5 miles from northern Gaza.

“The IDF response was precise, swift and efficient in eliminating terror capabilities that only exist in order to terrorize, kill and maim Israelis,” said IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner.

The video below shows how it was done.


Hamas Welcomes Kerry with Rocket Attack on Israel

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza fired another rocket on southern Israel Thursday night, about the same time  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was concluding talks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and heading for a discussion with Palestinian Authority  Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

The rocket exploded in an open area in the Western Negev but not far from homes. There were  no injuries or damage.

Hamas has sharply escalated the number and gravity of terrorist  attacks on Israeli soldiers and civilians the past month.

Terrorist launched at least three rockets on Israel the past five days, sending a clear message to Abbas and the Obama administration to remind them that Hamas to be dealt with in any agreement between the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and Israel.

Hamas Attacks Israel with Rocket Again

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Terrorists in Hamas-controlled Gaza attacked Israel with another rocket Sunday evening, causing no injuries or damage but sending residents in the Sderot area to bomb shelters.

The Color Red early warning system did not activate, but residents with mobile phones received the warning in a text message.

After every rocket attack, the military eagerly states, “The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers and will continue to operate with strength and determination against any element which uses terror against the State of Israel. The IDF holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza.”

The announcement, which does not exactly send fear into the hearts of terrorists in Gaza but is good copy for the wire services, usually follows the “retaliation” of hitting a weapons factory or terror tunnel, the existence of which is previously known but apparently is on the list of targets that can be hit as a “response.”

Hamas and allied terrorists attacked the area south of Ashkelon with a rocket on Thursday and on Wednesday night, prompting officials to “retaliate” by deploying an Iron Dome anti-missile system in the Sderot and Be’er Sheva areas and striking a couple of “terror targets.”

Photos of Damage from Missile Attack on Northern Israel

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Another miracle saved Israel in Thursday’s attack on the north, where two Katyusha rockets exploded in the middle of Kibbutz Gesher HaZiv and Moshav Shavei Tzion, causing only property damage without injuries – except, of course, for trauma.

One other missile was shot down, and a fourth rocket landed in the sea, but other missiles launched at Israel fell in Lebanon, short of their target, according to the Beirut Daily News and the IDF.

“The remaining rockets fell outside of Israeli territory,” the military said in a statement.

It reported that the Lebanese army discovered four wooden launching pads in the outskirts of a village. Sources said four missiles were fired from an area near a village operated by the United Nations and southeast of the coastal city of Tyre.

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an Al-Qaeda-inspired group that the United States has designated as a terrorist organization, claimed responsibility for the attack in a post on the Twitter account of Sirajuddin Zurayqat, an influential Islamist.

The official Lebanon National News Agency said Israel flew two unmanned drones at low altitudes over Tyre after the attack that broke a relatively long period of calm in the Nahariya area, hard hit in 2006 by Hezbollah. Residents living near the launching site and the border confirmed to the Star that the IDF did not retaliate.

After the attack, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned of retaliation, saying, “Anyone who harms us, or tries to harm us, should know — we will strike them.”

Increased tensions and battles along the Lebanese borders are the last thing that Israel and pro-Lebanese factions want. The shaky Lebanese government has its hands full with the constant pro-Syrian and Hezbollah forces that dominate southern Lebanon, terrorist attacks by Hezbollah and Sunni Muslim against each other, and the spillover form the Syrian civil war.

UNIFIL spokeswoman Antonette Miday said peacekeepers inspected the launching site and that U.N. forces would plea to Lebanon and Israel to maintain calm.

Lebanese officials were incensed at the missile attack, the first on Israel since May. Both President Michel Suleiman and caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati condemned the rocket fire as a violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 and Lebanon’s sovereignty.

The Katyusha missile that slammed into Kibbutz Gesher HaZiv caused large-scale property damage

The Katyusha missile that slammed into Kibbutz Gesher HaZiv caused large-scale property damage. Photo by Kobi Snir/Flash 90

Katyusha missile that exploded in a street in Kibbutz Gesher HaZiv Thursday afternoon

Katyusha missile that exploded in a street in Kibbutz Gesher HaZiv Thursday afternoon. Photo by Kobi Snir/Flash 90

 

The missile attack shattered the windows and punctured tires of this van, which was parked without anyone inside at the time of the explosion. Photo by Shay Vakni/Tazpit News Agency

The missile attack shattered the windows and punctured tires of this van, which was parked without anyone inside at the time of the explosion. Photo by Shay Vakni/Tazpit News Agency

Security officials gather up remains of missile.  Shay Vaknin/Tazpit News Agency

Security officials gather up remains of missile. Shay Vaknin/Tazpit News Agency

IAF Strikes Gaza Launcher following Attack

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Israeli planes attacked overnight underground rocket launchers in the northern Gaza Strip, in retaliation for a rocket attack on towns in south Israel Tuesday night. The IDF reported direct hits on the targets.

Tuesday evening there was a rocket attack on the “Gaza envelope” tons of Sderot and the Western Negev red regional council. The “color red” alarm was sounded, but the rocket fell in an open area and there were no casualties.

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