The second day of the Sderot Festival for children and an “Alumni” show, set for Monday August 26, has been canceled due to Sunday night’s rocket fire, a spokesperson for the city of Sderot announced late Sunday night.
Two of the three rockets launched by Gaza terrorists were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system directly over the site where an audience in Sderot was waiting for a concert performance to start, sparking panic and fear as the Red Alert rocket siren sent attendees racing for cover.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu subsequently called a meeting of the Political-Security Cabinet for 10 am Monday morning to discuss the current security situation in which Israel finds itself, with escalating tensions and threats on both its southern and northern fronts.
Late Saturday night, the IDF announced that Israeli forces thwarted a deadly attack on Israel by Iran with an attack on terrorist targets southeast of Damascus. Five Iranian operatives were killed in the attack.
Quds Force operatives and Shiite militias planned to launch multiple armed drones against select targets in northern Israeli territory. In an extremely rare move, Netanyahu issued a blunt statement to media the same night, quoting from the Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 72:1, saying, “If someone rises up to kill you, kill him first.”
The prime minister, who also holds the defense portfolio, then added, “I have directed that our forces be prepared for any scenario. We will continue to take determined and responsible action against Iran and its proxies for the security of Israel.”