This is a direct result of Obama’s foreign policy
What does Obama have to do with it, you ask? The failure of his Arab Spring policy led directly to the civil war in Syria. Estimates of dead Syrians are now more than 30,000, but who knows? That war is spilling into Israel’s north. And since the election, in fact since yesterday, we’ve seen over 114 terrorist missiles land in Israel’s south. Appeasement doesn’t work. Obama’s weakness is a green light for terrorist activity.
For those of our readers who have never been to Israel, you can drive the entire length of the country in something like 6 hours. (Maybe an Israeli reader will give us the exact amount of time). You can get across in a couple hours, maybe less. It is a tiny, tiny country. So when they are attacked both on the northern and southern borders, it is a major problem. Brought to them, in my view, by a toxic combination of Arab dysfunction and Jew hatred and an American public that doesn’t know and doesn’t care.
Palestinian terrorists from the Gaza Strip fired 13 rockets and mortars into southern Israel since midnight Sunday, injuring four and causing 36 to suffer shock. The attacks shattered a unilaterally-declared cease-fire by the Islamic Jihad group overnight, as IAF airstrikes also targeted Gazan terrorist facilities.
The Palestinian attacks mark the third straight day of escalations. Over the weekend, terrorists fired some 100 rockets into the South, leaving three people injured in Sderot.
The Iron Dome missile-defense system intercepted two rockets near Ashkelon. One Grad rocket hit an abandoned residential home in Netivot, causing significant damage to the building.
The Israeli Air Force struck three targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday. The warplanes targeted a tunnel used for terrorist purposes and a weapons storage facility in the northern Gaza Strip, and a rocket-launching site in the south of the Strip, the IDF Spokesman’s Office said in a statement. The airstrikes, the IDF said, were in response to the rocket and mortar fire into Israel.
Just before Monday morning’s rocket barrage, Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that he had no faith the cease-fire would hold much longer, suggesting he expected rocket fire from the Gaza Strip to resume shortly.
Senior Israeli leaders commented on the state of affairs in the South, warning of potential IDF repercussions for continued rocket attacks. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Saturday that “if we are forced to go back into Gaza in order to deal Hamas a [serious] blow and restore security for all of Israel’s citizens, then we will not hesitate to do so.” “It is Hamas that will pay the price; a price that will be painful,” he said.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also warned, “We are prepared to intensify our response,” speaking at Sunday’s cabinet meeting. “The world needs to understand that Israel will not sit idly by in the face of attempts to attack us,” the prime minister said.