Photo Credit: Adi Meiri, Spokesperson Shaar HaNegev Regional Council
Rocket damage in a home (Feb. 2018)

The head of the Shaar HaNegev Regional Council in southern Israel had sharp words for the Netanyahu government Saturday night after hundreds of families in his district were forced to flee from rocket fire launched from Gaza for the second night in a row.

“Again we find ourselves in sheltered spaces and again, the world moves on as usual,” Ofir Liebstein, head of the Shaar HaNegev Regional Council, said in a statement quoted by Council spokesperson Adi Meiri.

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“This past weekend proved unmistakably that the containment policy has failed miserably. The equation must change. Our resilience is not a blank check and I will not agree to allowing this to become our reality,” Liebstein said.

“I demand that our government stop improvising these emergency routines. It’s impossible to continue this way.”

Shrapnel from the Hamas rockets that were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system fell over the Shaar HaNegev Regional Council district on Saturday night, Meiri said. None of the residents were physically injured.

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