Israel Political Brief August 19, 2011: Rockets pound Israel as air force strikes back in Gaza



Source: JTA, 8-19-11

A day after terrorist attacks killed 8 Israelis and wounded more than 20, Israeli airstrikes continued to pound targets in Gaza as rockets fell on Israel.

Sixteen rockets were reported fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Friday. One person was seriously injured after a Grad rocket landed in a yeshiva courtyard in the Israeli city of Ashdod, and five others were treated for moderate injuries or shock.

In northern Lachish an empty building sustained light damage after being struck by two rockets, and the Eshkol Regional Council was also struck, with no damage or injuries reported.

A volley of 10 rockets early Friday morning all landed harmlessly in unpopulated areas.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Air Force continued to retaliate for the previous days attacks. On Friday Israeli planes carried out airstrikes throughout Gaza.

The Jerusalem Post reported that seven Hamas security installations were attacked in Friday morning. At least two Palestinians were killed Friday, including a 13-year-old boy in a nearby buildling, and 17 were wounded.

Also Friday, Haaretz reported that a man believed to have been a member of the group that carried out the Thursday attacks killed himself and wounded several Egyptian soldiers in a suicide bombing on the Israeli-Egypt border.

Israel Political Brief August 19, 2011: Israel Air Force Strikes Additional Gaza Terror Targets in Retaliation for Attacks in Eilat & Ashdod



IAF Strikes Additional Gaza Terror Targets

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 8-19-11

IAF warplanes targeted two weapons manufacturing sites in central Gaza,gaza strike retaliation for attacks and a ‘terror activity’ sites in both northern and southern Gaza. Hits were confirmed.

This attacks were launched in response to the terror attacks executed against Israel in the last 24 hours, which have claimed 9 lives — 8 in Thursday’s successive attacks and 1 in Friday’s Ashdod rocket attacks.

The IDF reiterated it will not tolerate any attempt to harm Israeli civilians and soldiers, and will respond with determination to any attempt to use terror against the State of Israel.

The IDF says it holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza.

It is unclear how IDF retaliatory strikes since Thursday’s horrific attack mark a change in doctrine from the ‘airstrikes for attacks’ paradigm that has allowed terror groups to maintain – and improve – their infrastructure in recent years.

Temporary upticks in Israeli airstrikes following major attacks without substantive operations to alter the strategic situation on the ground has been a hallmark of the Oslo-era.

Without an order for a major operation in Gaza from Israel’s political leadership, however, the IDFs is locked into a reactive rather than proactive posture.

It is up to the Netanyahu government to prove it possesses sufficient political will to order the dramatic steps necessary to alter Israel’s strategic outlook and secure its citizenry.


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