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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.

Defense Officials: Tel Aviv Residents ‘Not Ready’

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Metropolitan Tel Aviv absorbed at least five missiles in the first half of Wednesday, with the Color Red incoming rocket alert siren wailing through the streets.

Loud blasts that followed made it clear the Iron Dome anti-missile system had intercepted all five threats to the general population.

But as a Home Front Command official noted with a measure of exasperation in an interview on Israeli radio Wednesday morning, people in the “White City” simple weren’t relating to the danger and remained on the streets.

Defense officials were out during one attack inspecting facilities, and were amazed and concerned at what they saw on Tuesday.

Amid ongoing rocket fire onto central Israel, people in Tel Aviv watched the World Cup Semi Final games screened at the Sarona center, shortly after Code Red sirens were sounded in the region.

“Some just don’t seem to care, some said they didn’t have shelters in their homes, some said the public shelters were locked and others said there were no shelters at all in their neighborhoods,” the official said.

“This is an impossible situation and one that must stop immediately. It is extremely dangerous.”

Missiles that were intercepted at midday exploded above Tel Aviv itself, and above Ben Gurion International Airport, which is on alert.

Late Tuesday night, Hamas terrorists fired the new Syrian-made M302 missile towards Haifa – but it only reached as far as Hadera, 60 miles (100 kilometers) from Gaza. The missile, which weighs 120 kilograms, has an approximate range of 100 kilometers (62 – 65 miles.)

The Iron Dome anti-missile system has thus far intercepted 45 missiles at a cost of $50,000 per interceptor.

Israel Under Attack – Sirens Screaming in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Netanya

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The warning sirens are screaming and the rockets are threatening a wide swath of the tiny land of Israel.

So far on Tuesday, July 8, sirens alerted residents of Beer Sheva, Gush Etzion, Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Jerusalem to race to the closest bomb shelters.

The municipality of Jerusalem issued a notice that all bomb shelters in the city must be opened, and directed residents to a site on the location of the closest shelters. Private homes with safe rooms large enough to take in others were asked to do that to ensure everyone has a safe place to wait for the emergency to end.

A rocket struck a home in Jerusalem, but no one was injured.

In Tel Aviv, the municipal government issued a state of emergency and ordered all bomb shelters be opened.

The Jewish Press will continue updating this story throughout these ongoing attacks.

Missile Rocket Fire May Disrupt Commercial Flights

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The Israel Airport Authority has warned that missile fire may disrupt commercial air traffic. No flights have been cancelled thus far, but takeoffs have been diverted to the eastern section of the airport, and landings are being scheduled for the northern strip.

Ben Gurion International Airport is located 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Gaza.

Domestic departures have already been halted at the small Sde Dov airport in Tel Aviv due to the situation in the south. However, the airport has remained open for arrivals for the time being.

The local Eilat airport has been opened to accept diverted and other flights. Flight schedules may change in accordance with the changing situation in the south.

Islamic Jihad Claims Credit for Tel Aviv Missile

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The Islamic Jihad terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the missile barrage fired at Tel Aviv on Tuesday evening.

One missile was intercepted directly over Tel Aviv by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, indicating that it was headed for a populated area.

The terror group is generously funded and equipped by Iran, as is Hamas and the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist organization.

Tel Aviv Ordered to Prepare Public Bomb Shelters

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Israel’s ‘city that never sleeps,’ Tel Aviv, has been order to prepare its public bomb shelters.

The IDF Home Front Defense has warned it is likely the Hamas terrorist organization will launch missile attacks from Gaza at the city in the near future.

Moreover, residents of Rishon Lezion were warned not to go swimming at the beach alongside their city for the same reason.

In the past few days, Gaza terrorists have fired medium-range missiles at the coastal cities of Ashkelon, Ashdod and even as far north as Yavneh.

In fact, longer range missiles were fired at the central region as well, reaching as far north as the area around the western Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh.

During the last mini-war, Gaza terrorists fired missiles that did, in fact, explode in Tel Aviv and Rishon Lezion.

Israel’s ‘Proportionate Response’ Doesn’t Stop Hamas Missile Attacks

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza attacked Israel again Wednesday afternoon and evening with more than half a dozen missiles and mortars, promoting the usual tit-for-tat “proportional response” that is exactly what the terrorists expect.

Rocket attacks have escalated sharply since the kidnappings and murders of three Israeli teenagers, whose bodies were found Monday and who were buried Tuesday, but the drama of the kidnap-murders kept the missile attacks out of the major headlines.

One missile hit a factory in Sderot, but most of the explosions have been in open areas, making the news less important to the “government of Tel Aviv,” which only gets excited about the traumatized lives of Israelis in the south when terrorists “succeed” in killing someone.

Otherwise, it’s business as usual, with the IDF releasing its traditional statement, “We have repeatedly addressed the consequences facing those who seek to endanger the lives of innocent civilians. The Iron dome missile defense system’s success does not change the absurd fact that Israelis have been living under continuous rocket threat for multiple years. We shall persist with our determination to combat terror elements and eliminate the pending threat to Israeli lives.”

That was stated this past Saturday.

Here is another statement: The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm the citizens of Israel, and holds Hamas as solely responsible for maintaining peace and quiet in the Gaza Strip.”

That was stated on March 20, 2010, and that is not a typo.

For the past decade, every government of Israel and the IDF have said hundreds of time they hold Hamas responsible for the attacks and will not “tolerate” them.

Strong stuff, something like the United States saying that Israel has the right to defend itself, thank you very much, but must show “restraint.”

For the record, attacks the past two weeks have included more than 30 missiles and mortars as well as bombs planted along the security fence and detonated to blow up IDF vehicles.

The Iron Dome system Wednesday night again intercepted a rocket on its way to hit the southern Ashkelon Coastal area, south of the port city that includes strategic sites that supply oil, gas and electricity to Israel.

Air Force jets struck Wednesday evening, and the IDF confirmed a “direct hit” on a site from where mortars were fired.

The IDF spokesman tweeted, “We will continue to act against #Hamas, its operatives & its infrastructure throughout Judea & Samaria.”

Israel’s “retaliation” routinely consists of striking ”terror sites,” which usually means a tunnel or two of the hundreds of “weapons storage” facilities that the IDF knows exist and apparently wants to leave untouched. Maybe the military is saving them for a rainy day, when missiles rein on Tel Aviv.

As usual, the United Nations and the United States demand a “proportional response,” the meaning of which is not exactly clear but in the end is aimed at keeping Israel at the mercy of terrorists.

Apparently, if missiles from Gaza explode in “open areas,” it is a diplomatic no-no to eliminate the source of the fire, which might come from an empty field but also might come from near a school, hospital or homes that terrorists use as shields.

The term “proportionate response” does not have anything to do with who gets killed. It has to do with where the missiles explode.

A “proportionate response” means hitting the enemy exactly where it expects, eliminating any element of surprise or harm beyond what is anticipated.

The minute that Hamas unleashes medium-range missiles on Tel Aviv., even if they land in the Mediterranean Sea, Hamas will expect what Israel refuses to do protect the lives of those in southern Israel.

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