Air Force hits enemy targets after 30 rockets pound Israel 

Source: Air Force hits enemy targets after 30 rockets pound Israel – Israel News – Jerusalem Post

Despite talks of a cease-fire late Monday night rockets continued to be shot into Israel from Gaza.

 MARCH 26, 2019 04:01

An Israeli air force F-15 fighter jet flies during an exhibition as part of a graduation ceremony

Israel Defense Force fighter jets attacked 15 enemy targets early Tuesday morning, the IDF spokesperson announced as the rocket attacks on Israel’s southern communities continued into a second day.
The targets include a military compound belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization in Beit Hanun and a military compound belonging to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization in Beit Lahiya.

Over 30 rockets were shot into Israeli airspace, some being taken out mid-air by the Iron Dome defense system and others hitting open areas. The red alert siren sounded throughout the night Tuesday in Sderot, the Eshkol Regional Council, the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council and the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council, where a spokeswoman for the cluster of communities said power was cut due to the attacks.

Many residents reportedly slept in bomb shelters, as communities in the Gaza belt region have 15 seconds from the time the “tzeva adom” or “code red” warning siren is sounded until rocket impact.
The latest wave of rockets caused no injuries or property damage, said Adi Meiri, spokeswoman for Shaar Hanegev Regional Council but some residents were treated for shock.

School has been cancelled for Tuesday in the city of Ashkelon and the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, areas that have been hit by rockets in past flare-ups, the Ministry of Education announced following recommendations from the Home Front Command.

The escalation started early Monday morning when Hamas launched a rocket that flew toward the center of the country, slamming into a private home in Kfar Saba. Seven people were injured and four dogs were killed. Located in the Sharon region, Kfar Saba, unlike the southern region, does not border on Gaza attesting to the range of the Gaza rockets.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled his scheduled speech at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington and boarded a plane home to Israel Tuesday. “We gave a very strong, very powerful response,” he stated of the retaliatory attacks on Gaza following the destruction of the home on Monday. “Hamas needs to know that we will not hesitate to enter and take the necessary steps,” he added.
Elected officials across the spectrum have weighed in on the current security situation, including MK Moti Yogev, a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, who warned that a ceasefire with Hamas would not be enough of a deterrent.

“The destruction of terrorist homes is good,” said Yogev in a tweet late Monday night, referring to the actions the IDF has taken against terrorists in the West Bank, “but in the Gaza Strip it is not enough.”

He said that a ceasefire in the face of continued rocket attacks, “violates Israel’s commitment to its citizens. Deterrence resides only when the leaders of terror are given a price that they will not be able to withstand.”

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, chairman of the New Right  stated, “a ceasefire at these moments will be a tailwind for terrorism. There is no country in the world that would not charge a price for missiles shot at its citizens, and there is no country in the world whose blood is as empty as we have been in recent days. Bombing empty buildings endangers Israel’s deterrence and brings the next missiles at us.”

Itamar Ben-Gvir of the Otzma Yehudit faction of the Union of Right-Wing Parties called for Israel to return to Gush Katif, the bloc of Gaza Jewish communities evicted in 2005.

Gaza was a territory of Israel from 1967 until the 2005 Disengagement, a unilateral move by the Israeli government, which removed all Israeli settlements, seen as obstacles to peace, and IDF forces from Gaza. The Palestinian population centers in Gaza had been under Palestinian Authority jurisdiction since the Oslo Accords of the mid 1990s.

A year after the Disengagement, Hamas usurped control from the Palestinian Authority. Since then, three major conflicts have occurred between Hamas and Israel: Operation Cast Lead in 2008–09, Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012 and Operation Protective Edge in 2014.


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4 Comments on “Air Force hits enemy targets after 30 rockets pound Israel ”

  1. Peter Hofman Says:

    I,am waiting for a body count , how much hamas leaders are dead ?

    pounding sand and concrete is nice but not sufficient.

    In addition to Haniyeh’s office, which the Hamas leader had fled long before it was targeted, the military bombed what it referred to as a “secret headquarters” of Hamas, used by its intelligence services.

  2. Peter Hofman Says:

    Shaked: Hamas isn’t afraid of us

    Justice Minister discusses escalation with Hamas, makes clear that missiles aimed at Israel should not be accepted.

  3. Peter Hofman Says:

    New Right chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett responded on Monday evening to claims by Hamas of a ceasefire following the current escalation on the southern border and said that “a ceasefire at this moment will be a tailwind for terrorism.”

    “There is no country in the world that does not charge a price for missiles on its citizens, and there is no country in the world where the blood of citizens is cheap, as we have been experiencing in the past few days. Bombing empty buildings endangers Israel’s deterrence and brings the next missiles upon us,” said Bennett.

    He added, “I will be with the residents of the Gaza envelope tonight, and I will do everything possible to prevent such a disgrace from happening. There are not and there will not be second-class citizens in Israel.”

    A Hamas leader in Gaza claimed the ceasefire was achieved through intensive Egyptian mediation over the last few hours.

    The Al-Arabiya network reported that Egypt pressed the parties to stop the fire and threatened to withdraw its services from mediation if the fire did not stop.

    Jerusalem denied that a ceasefire had been reached with Hamas and a security source even said that the air strikes on Gaza would continue.

  4. wingate Says:

    My guess is that the present situation is so delicate to handle because in 2012 – when Nethanjahu + Barak wanted to strike the iranians – they were blocked from doing so by the present Blue- White party members Gantz & pals….
    If the iranians would have been set back then in 2012, the present government would be free to properly handle the iran-controlled hamass – terrorists in gaza.
    But with a big war with the iran-controlled/financed hezpolla-terrorists looming at the northern border, PM Nethanjahu does not want to open a front in Gaza at the moment.

    So the blame goes to the smart-talkers of Blue – White, which –
    according to my estimation – do not have the personalites to lead the nation of Israel at this very critical time.

    But – Israel is being watched by her almighty God who has said :
    ” Dont you fear, Israel ! For I am your God and I’m watching over you / fighting your enemies day + night ! Trust in ME ! All your enemies, I will go against them and they shall not be found anymore !”

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