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Air Force Hits One Lonely Terror Target after Missile Attack

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

The Israeli Air Force struck a solitary “terror infrastructure” target early Thursday morning in “retaliation” for a missile attack south of Ashkelon.

No one was injured, and no damage was reported in the rocket attack, so the IDF decided to act “proportionately” to the nth degree and strike back at only one target, without injuring a terrorist.

The rocket exploded in the Ashkelon Coastal Region second after an early warning siren was heard at 2:02 a.m.

The IDF spokesman stated:

The rocket landed in an open area adjacent to the city of Ashkelon, no injuries were reported.

In response to this attack, IAF aircrafts targeted a terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.

IDF Spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner: ‘The time was 2 AM in Israel when sirens sounded in the Lachish region, a frightening wake up call, alerting civilians to rush to shelters.

The repeated rocket fire at Israel does not only put the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians at risk but it [also] is a deliberate decision to target civilians. No person should live under the threat of terrorism, always fearing what will come next, and whether they will find shelter in time to save their lives.

The IDF said it views the attack “gravely and will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli citizens.”

Therefore, it attacked “a” terror target.

Not many people will sleep well tonight in southern Israel.

Mount Hermon Ski Resort Reopens After Rocket Attack

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

After a day in which a double rocket attack sent security and military officials to evacuate nearly a thousand people, visitors are being invited to return to the Mount Hermon Ski Resort site.

The decision came in the wake of a security assessment by the IDF and managers of the ski resort. The site was closed for most of the day Tuesday after Code Red rocket alert sirens sounded throughout the Israeli side of the Golan Heights.

Both rockets fired from Syria landed in open areas, reportedly causing no property damage and no injury to civilians. The IDF returned artillery fire to the source of the attack and said it identified “a direct hit.”

A senior Israeli security source told reporters that the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah terror organization was behind the attack.

Hezbollah has been fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against rebel factions in the ongoing civil war taking place in the north.

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that “Israel regards with severity the attack today from Syrian territory.

“Those who play with fire get burned,” he warned.

Netanyahu: Talking to Hamas Means How Israel Should Commit Suicide

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared that negotiating with Hamas means nothing except how to commit suicide, and Hamas proved his point this morning with another “cease-fire” rocket explosion that was heard by Gaza Belt residents but denied by the IDF.

He said in an interview to be aired Sunday by CNN, “As long as Hamas remains committed to our destruction, what’s there to negotiate with? The method of my suicide or what?”

The Jewish Press reported here earlier this morning that a rocket was launched but did not land in Israel, prompting the IDF to declare it was a “false alarm” and leading the public to think that there was no rocket launch. IDF spokesmen insisted there was no rocket fire, but residents in the Gaza Belt reported they heard an explosion.

The military’s definition of a “false alarm” is a bit fuzzy.

Spokesman told The Jewish Press Sunday, “The term means that an alarm was activated, though without any launch from Gaza.  It is important for me to emphasize that each incident is a case of its own and any more information about a ‘false alarm’ is not connected to the use of the term itself.”

In clearer language, “false alarm” means there was no rocket launch – unless there was a rocket launch.

Nearly half a dozen rockets have been launched since the end of the recent cease-fire, and all of them fell in Gaza or in the sea. Several times, the IDF confirmed the launch along with stating that the Color Red siren was a”false alarm.” It appears the IDF spokesmen’s response depends on the political atmosphere.

The last cease-fire may or may remain the last one in a war that was escalated in 2005, immediately after the Sharon government expelled all Jews and withdrew all IDF personnel from to ensure safety for southern Israel.

In return, Hamas placed all of Israel within range of missile attacks until the temporary “cease-fire” two months ago that was to be followed by negotiations for a long-term halt in violence.

No one, except for perhaps Catherine Ashton and John Kerry, believes that will ever happen. Israel’s demand that Hamas dis arm makes great headlines for the vast majority of Israeli who are fed up with Hamas’ countless cease-fires that have proven to be nothing more than an opportunity for its terrorists to prepare to attack deeper into Israel in the next round.

Whether Hamas is testing rockets or simply is trying to prove its point that it can attack Israel if it wants, Sunday morning’s launch is a reminder that the cease-fire will last only as Hamas does not see any political, diplomatic or military gain in attacking again and suffering a devastating response from the IDF.

A stronger but less vocal reminder is Hamas’ continued attempts to smuggle by sea material for manufacturing weapons.

The Israeli Navy has foiled several maritime smuggling attempts in August, according to a Navy commander quoted by The Jerusalem Post Sunday. He told the newspaper, “We continue to see attempts to smuggle weapons or material to build them. The sea is a very convenient platform for smuggling. The terrorists still have one big smuggling tunnel, and it’s called the Mediterranean.”

An IDF Intelligence Unit Lieutenant Colonel told the Times of Israel, “Hamas will not relinquish its military capabilities or its military wing. The demand that it subordinate its military wing to the PA is unrealizable. For now, the talk of ‘one weapon,’ or ‘one authority’ is just talk.”

Rocket Fire Against Israel, Cease-fire Broken? Naah, False Alarm Again.

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

A total of five Code Red rocket alert sirens were activated in southern Israel late Thursday morning, sending residents of Gaza Belt and Ashkelon Coastal communities racing for their shelters.

Within seconds, Israeli war planes were in the air and heading south. They may still be there, searching for the rocket launchers from the skies over Gaza.

Israeli radio stations reported that Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization denied firing any rockets or missiles at Israeli communities.

At present it is not known how many rockets actually were fired from Gaza — or if, in fact, any were fired at all.

Security officials are continuing to report that have found no evidence of rockets that have landed or exploded upon impact anywhere in the areas where the Code Red alert activated. Police in the town of Lachish carried out a search for impact sites and also found nothing.

Unconfirmed reports immediately following the alert activations said that at least two rockets had landed somewhere in Israeli territory.

The IDF Spokesperson insisted that all five of the Code Red rocket alerts were “false alarms.” The statement that was duly reported by all Israeli radio stations — in one case, followed with considerable mirth from the radio hosts.

Leaders on both sides of the border are deeply invested in maintaining at least the image of a “calm” if not the actual reality.

Both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have said they would not tolerate “a drizzle of rocket fire” from Gaza, as has happened in the past.

Yet Tuesday night, the cease-fire was broken with a single Qassam rocket fired at the Eshkol Regional Council district – the first such attack since the end of Operation Protective Edge on August 26.

Hamas reportedly arrested the rocket launching terror cell, but immediately issued a denial of having done so.

Soldier Dies from Wounds in Rocket Attack

Friday, August 29th, 2014

An IDF soldier who was critically injured last week by a rocket that hit Ashdod died from his wounds today. He is Israel’s 71st casualty in the war.

Sergeant Natanel Maman, 21, from Gan Yavne, an Ordnance Corps soldier, was critically injured by a rocket that hit Ashdod last Friday.

He was promoted posthumously from the rank of Corporal to Sergeant and is being buried Friday afternoon in the military courtyard of the Gan Yavne cemetery.

 

 

 

 

1 Dead, 6 Wounded in Hamas Attacks on Southern Israel

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

One person was killed and five others were wounded in mortar shelling that rained down on the Eshkol Regional Council district early Tuesday evening.

The attacks launched by Gaza terrorists came amidst a massive barrage that spread mortar and rocket fire from the Gaza Belt up the coast as far as Ashdod. Two other people were also badly injured in what was a direct hit. They are both listed in critical condition at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva.

In addition, three others were wounded as well in barrages that came shortly after. They are listed in fair condition.

All six were members of Kibbutz Nirim, according to interviews broadcast on Army Radio. In some cases, the Code Red incoming rocket alert system did not trigger.

One man was also badly wounded in the Hof Ashkelon coastal region as well in a massive barrage of missile fire from Gaza shortly after 7 pm. The victim was evacuated to nearby Barzilai Hospital in serious condition.

Nearly two dozen Qassam rockets landed in the Eshkol Regional Council district within a 30-minute period alone in mid-afternoon, less than half an hour after a kindergarten teacher was wounded by shrapnel falling from an Iron Dome interception over the port city of Ashdod.

Heavy missile barrages sent residents racing for shelter at 6 pm in the coastal cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod, as well as the Negev city of Be’er Sheva, and the entire process was repeated less than an hour later, in the same cities.

Another round of rocket and mortar fire was poured on to Gaza Belt communities just before 7 pm, with more than two dozen Qassams aimed at each of the Eshkol, Sdot Negev and Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council districts in less than 10 minutes’ time.

Despite the fact that another cease-fire was scheduled to start at 7 pm, no fewer than 22 Code Red incoming rocket and mortar fire alerts were triggered after that point. The last alert was activated at 7:09 pm — at least for now. Nevertheless, the IDF was ordered to cease its attacks on terrorist targets in Gaza promptly at 7 pm.

Approximately 70 percent of those who live in communities around the Gaza Belt have been internally displaced by the rocket and mortar fire launched by Hamas from Gaza.

Miracle in Ashkelon: No One Home When Missile Hits

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

A missile fired by Gaza terrorists struck a home in Ashkelon Wednesday afternoon in the Ashkelon coastal region district.

It was a direct hit.

But the People of Israel can add this to the list of miracles with which they’ve been blessed during Operation Protective Edge, because no one was home when the missile struck the home of the Messer family.

“We had just left a few minutes before; I don’t know, we just had this feeling,” Alon Messer told a reporter for Army Radio in an interview a few minutes later. “My wife and I took our baby daughter and we had barely gone, when we heard the siren, and then the ‘boom!’ It was so close, we just knew somehow it was our house — and sure enough, when we came back and looked, there it was.”

The house had just been built, his wife added. “It was barely a year old,” she mourned. But despite the damage, no one was physically injured. Residents around the area were understandably traumatized in response to the event.

Close to 100 rockets and missiles were fired at Israeli civilians from Gaza since Hamas violated the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire that was still in force Tuesday afternoon as Israeli and Palestinian Arab negotiators continued to work towards an agreement to end the destruction.

Israeli representatives were immediately recalled from the talks, however, as soon as rocket fire was aimed at Israeli civilians, violating the agreement some eight hours before the cease-fire was due to run out.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/miracle-in-ashkelon-no-one-home-when-missile-hits/2014/08/20/

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