Full Text Israel Political Brief September 1, 2015: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Opens the 2015-2016 School Year at Primary Schools in Ashdod and Ashkelon Remarks Transcript

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PM Netanyahu Opens the 2015-2016 School Year at Primary Schools in Ashdod and Ashkelon

Source: PMO, 9-1-15


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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today opened the 2015-2016 school year at the Amirim primary school in Ashdod, where he was welcomed by the children with flags and songs, and at the Ramat Keramim primary school in Ashkelon. He was accompanied in Ashdod by Ashdod Mayor Dr. Yehiel Lasri and Education Ministry Southern District Director Amira Chaim, and in Ashkelon by Education Minister Naftali Bennett.

In Ashkelon, Prime Minister Netanyahu said: “The first lesson in first grade is ‘Shalom first grade’ with the emphasis on shalom [peace].’ We educate our children for peace. A few kilometers from here, Hamas teaches is children the opposite of peace and it tries, from time to time, to fire at us, at you. And our policy is clear – zero restraint, zero let-up, zero tolerance for terrorism. We respond to every firing at our territory, whether by open or concealed action, and we also foil terrorism like we did yesterday in Jenin. I wish a quick recovery to the soldier who was wounded. We want peace but we first of all we must watch over our land, our children, we must watch over you. This is our first obligation – the security of our children.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu added: “There are two major things here – a great momentum of construction in Ashkelon and momentum in our education system. In education, we want you to study, expand your knowledge, know how to read and write, read the Tanakh and also write new things. You should know mathematics and sciences. I know that you already know how to use computers but you should use them not just to play games. You should be able to use them to connect to the entire world, to know what you want to know and to excel. Don’t just excel, be Zionists too. We have just the army and this land and we need to watch over it. I would like to wish all of you in first grade and up in his growing and developing school that you should study and succeed and above all be friends with each other. And remember, each one of you is different. Respect each other and love one another because we love you very much. May you have much success.”

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Israel Political Brief November 27, 2012: PMO Director-General Harel Locker Tours Communities in the Area Adjacent to the Gaza Strip and Ashdod

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PMO Dir.-Gen. Harel Locker Tours Communities in the Area Adjacent to the Gaza Strip and Ashdod

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Prime Minister’s Office Director-General Harel Locker, who was appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to head the Government team on ensuring that the needs of the residents and communities that were affected by Operation Pillar of Defense are dealt with quickly, today toured communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip and Ashdod.

The team’s work in the days since the conclusion of the operation was presented at the discussion that PMO Dir.-Gen. Locker held today with the heads of the communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip (Sderot and the Eshkol, Sha’ar Hanegev, Sdot Negev and Ashkelon Coast regional councils) and senior officials from the relevant Government ministries, at the Eshkol Regional Council offices. He noted that in addition to the immediate response by the tax authorities regarding compensation for direct damages, the Knesset Finance Committee today approved directives on compensation for indirect damages (loss of work days and compensation for businesses). As per Prime Minister Netanyahu’s instructions, an outline for quicker-than-usual compensation was formulated and approved. Locker also said that a preliminary NIS 15 million aid package has been approved for local authorities in the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip. In education, a plan is currently being formulated on restoring lost classroom hours; the emotional needs of children and young people are also being met. The team also discussed ways to encourage commercial activity and tourism in the area.

Locker underscored the great importance of assisting area residents and local councils and asked all Government ministries to continue joining in the effort. “The fact that we are meeting for the second time within a few days expresses our commitment to the residents and communities of the south. We must work to quickly normal life,” he said.

In his meeting with Ashdod Mayor Dr. Yehiel Lasri and senior municipality officials, and after visiting a building that took a direct hit by a rocket, Locker said, “The directive from the Prime Minister, on whose behalf I have come here today, is to work for the welfare of the residents of the area and deal with the problems that have arisen since the operation in a generous, efficient and rapid manner and in a way that minimizes the bureaucratic process. There is no doubt that the strength of the city of Ashdod stems from the national resilience of its residents, as well as from the defense afforded by Iron Dome and other protective measures. Naturally, we will continue to assist in its development, economic prosperity and excellent functioning.”

The work of PMO Dir.-Gen. Locker’s team follows up on recent Government decisions such as those to approve full protection for all communities 4.5-7 kilometers from the Gaza Strip, to approve an allocation of NIS 7.6 million in order to complete the financing of building protected daycare centers in communities with 0-7 kilometers from the Gaza Strip and to approve economic benefits for Sderot and the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip for 2013. These decisions complete the strategy of national resilience in the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip: A combination of diplomatic, security and civilian components that strengthens the fortitude of the residents and councils in the area.

Israel Political Brief March 15, 2012: Gaza rocket fire continues to strike Southern Israel despite cease-fire — Southern Israeli schools are closed

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With rocket fire continuing, southern Israeli schools are closed

Source: JTA, 3-15-12

Schools were closed in southern Israel again as rockets fired from the Gaza Strip continued to strike despite a cease-fire.

The cities of Beersheba, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Kiryat Malachi and Gan Yavne canceled classes for Thursday after several rockets targeted Beersheba the day before. Schoolchildren in Netivot were sent home Thursday after a rocket landed next to a school that morning while it was in session.

At least half a dozen rockets were fired from Gaza at Israel by mid-afternoon Thursday. Two rockets fired at Beersheba were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

Islamic Jihad has denied responsibility for Thursday’s rocket fire, according to Haaretz. The military believes small, radical factions are firing the rockets.

Early Thursday morning, the Israel Defense Forces said it struck a rocket-launching site and what it called a “terror tunnel” in Gaza. “The targeting of these sites is in direct response to the rockets fired at Israel,” including rockets fired Wednesday night against Beersheba, an IDF statement said.

“Hamas uses other terror organizations to carry out terror attacks against the State of Israel and will bear the consequences of these actions in any future operation embarked upon by the IDF in order to eliminate the terror threat and restore the relative calm to the area,” the statement added….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 14, 2012: Israeli retaliatory strikes hit Gaza amid cease-fire

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Israeli retaliatory strikes hit Gaza amid cease-fire

Source: JTA, 3-14-12

Despite a cease-fire that has held for about a day, Israel’s military struck two sites in Gaza in retaliation for attacks on Israel following a cease-fire announcement.

Israel’s Air Force fired on what it called two “terrorist activity sites” in northern Gaza early Wednesday morning, some 24 hours after the announcement of an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire.

A statement from the Israel Defense Forces said the attack was in response to rocket attacks from Gaza that struck Israel following the announcement. One of the seven rockets and mortars fired from Gaza landed in a parking lot in Netivot, injuring one person and damagingproperty.

Also Wednesday, Palestinian officials said an 8-year-old boy hurt in an Israeli attack Monday died of his injuries. A teenage boy had died in the same attack….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 13, 2012: As rocket attacks ease on Southern Israel, PM Netanyahu reiterates his Gaza policy

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As rocket attacks ease, Netanyahu reiterates his Gaza policy

Source: JTA, 3-13-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, reiterating his policy of responding to Gaza violence, said that Israel “will find” whoever breaks the calm.

“Our message is clear: Quiet will bring quiet. Whoever violates it or even tries to violate it — we will find him,” Netanyahu said Tuesday evening.

That evening, two rockets struck southern Israel after seven hours of calm. In the morning, hours after reports of an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire following several days of rockets being fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip, at least seven rockets and mortar shells exploded in Israel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 13, 2012: Gaza rockets land in Israel despite reported cease-fire

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Rockets land in Israel despite reported cease-fire

Source: JTA, 3-13-12

At least seven rockets and mortar shells fired from Gaza exploded in Israel after reports of an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire.

 

Egypt announced that a cease-fire between terrorist groups in Egypt and Israel came into effect at 1 a.m. Tuesday.

“We are still following the situation in the South and we need to see how it develops and whether the [rocket] firing really stops,” Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt.- Gen. Benny Gantz said Tuesday. “It’s not over until it’s over. Quiet will be answered with quiet, and fire will be answered with fire.”

A Reuters report late Monday quoted unnamed Egyptian officials as announcing the cease-fire. Neither Hamas nor Israel would confirm the report, and the terms of the truce were unclear….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief March 13, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech / Remarks to the Conference of Government Ministry Director Generals — Vows response to any Gaza truce violations

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks to the Conference of Government Ministry Director Generals

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks earlier this evening (Tuesday), 13.3.12, in Jerusalem, at a meeting of Government ministry director generals:

“The recent activity is testimony to my government’s policy – aggressive action in order to prevent Israeli citizens from being hurt and increa…sing home front defense. Our message is clear: Quiet will bring quiet. Whoever violates it or even tries to violate it – we will find him. We achieved precise hits on those who perpetrate terrorism, terrorist commanders, terrorism infrastructures and many missiles that were aimed at our cities and communities. I would like to praise the excellent actions of the IDF, the ISA, the Air Force and those manning Iron Dome batteries. I would like to praise the local council heads who showed leadership and responsibility. And above all, I salute the residents of the south who showed fortitude in the face of terrorism. Their resilience is a main component of our national security. Israel seeks peace but we are prepared for any challenge.”See More

PM: We’ll target anyone who breaks calm

Source: YNet News, 3-12-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the security situation in the south during a Jerusalem conference on Tuesday. “We will target anyone who will try to disturb the peace,” Netanyahu said.

He added that recent activity in Gaza strip is a testimony to his government’s offensive meant to keep Israeli civilians secure. “Our message is that quiet will bring quiet. Anyone who violates it or even tries to violate it, our guns will find him,” said Netanyahu.

Netanyahu vows response to any Gaza truce violations

Source: Reuters, 3-13-12

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned on Tuesday Israel would respond to any attempts to violate an Egyptian-brokered truce that went into effect earlier in the day, ending four days of cross-border violence with Gaza militants.

“Our message is that quiet will bring quiet. Anyone who violates it or even tries to violate it, our guns will find him,” Netanyahu said in a speech in Jerusalem.


Israel Political Brief March 12, 2012: Egyptian official: Israel, Palestinians agree on truce to cease rocket attacks on Southern Israel

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Egyptian official: Israel, Palestinians agree on truce

A senior Egyptian security official confirmed a truce has been secured between Israel and Palestinian groups in Gaza. (Reuters)

Israel Political Brief March 12, 2012: Egyptian official: Israel, Palestinians agree on truce to cease rocket attacks on Southern Israel

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Israel, Gaza militants agree to truce: Egypt official

Source: Reuters, 3-12-12

Israel and militant factions in the Gaza Strip have agreed to an Egyptian-mediated truce to end four days of cross-border violence in which 25 Palestinians have been killed, a senior Egyptian security official told Reuters on Tuesday.

The official said in a telephone call from Cairo that both sides had “agreed to end the current operations”, with Israel giving an unusual undertaking to “stop assassinations”, and an overall agreement “to begin a comprehensive and mutual calm”.

The agreement was expected to take effect at 1 a.m. local time (2300 GMT). There was no immediate comment from either side on the agreement. Previous ceasefire deals after earlier rounds of fighting have often got off to a shaky start….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 12, 2012: IDF official: Army ready for ground operations in Gaza — Iran behind Southern Israel rocket attacks

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IDF official: Army ready for ground op in Gaza

Iran encouraging Islamic Jihad to fire rockets at Israel, escalation could prompt ground incursion, senior officer says. IDF hasn’t used all measures at its disposal, he says

Source: YNet News, 3-12-12

Is Gaza war in cards? The current round of fighting between Israel and Palestinian terror groups could prompt Israel to launch a ground operation in the Gaza Strip, a senior IDF official said Monday.

The comments were made as Gaza terror groups continued to shell southern Israel communities with dozens of rockets and mortar shells Monday.

Two such rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system over Ashkelon Monday evening. Military officials said the advanced system shot down 85% of the rockets fired from Gaza in the past four days. Meanwhile, the IDF struck several targets in Gaza, killing at least two terrorists Monday night.

The official said that Iran and the Islamic Jihad’s headquarters in Damascus “are encouraging the terrorist organization to continue the current round of rocket fire until they obtain a significant gain.”

The recent escalation in Israel’s south, which has seen more than a million residents come under heavy rocket fire, has already been described by the IDF as “unprecedented in scope.” According to the senior officer, there is “no end in sight” to the current round of fighting.

“The IDF is prepared for any development, including a situation where we are forced to launch a ground operation,” the IDF official said. “We have everything we need and are ready to step it up if needed. There are many measures that we haven’t employed yet.”

“There is no effective control in Gaza, and no clear distinction between the political and military wings of Hamas… we are prepared to turn it up a notch,” he said….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief March 12, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech / Remarks at the Knesset about Gaza rocket attacks on Southern Israel

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks earlier today (Monday), 12.3.12, at the Knesset:

… “The IDF is continuing to – strongly and decisively – attack the terrorists in the Gaza Strip. Whoever intends to harm our citizens – we will strike at him. The winning combination is that of crushing offensive capabilities, i.e. the ability of the IDF and its operations to attack the terrorists wherever they are, important defensive measures and – of course – the resilience of the citizens in the south. This combination of three things – offensive ability, defensive ability and civic resilience – allows us to accurately and painfully strike at terrorism. Yesterday, I met with 30 southern council heads. The backing and the understanding that I received are an example for leadership that is tested in moments such as these. The IDF is ready to expand its operations and continue them as necessary.”

Israel Political Brief March 11, 2012: Israel on alert for attack as PM Netanyahu vows to strike Gaza terrorists

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Israel on alert for attack as Netanyahu vows to strike Gaza terrorists

Source: JTA, 3-11-12

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak visits the Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system in southern Israel, March 10, 2012.  ( Israeli Ministry of Defense via Flash 90 )
Israel's Iron Dome defense system near the Israeli town of Ashdod has intercepted a volley of rockets fired by terrorist groups from the Gaza Strip area, March 11, 2012.  (Flash 90)
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Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak visits the Iron Dome anti-rocket defense system in southern Israel, March 10, 2012. ( Israeli Ministry of Defense via Flash 90 )

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel remains on alert against an attack from Sinai despite killing the terrorist leader that was planning an attack from there — an assassination that has led to a barrage of rockets raining down on southern Israel from Gaza by terrorist groups.

Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday that the Israeli military’s targeted killing two days earlier of Zuhir Mussah Ahmed Kaisi, the secretary general of the Popular Resistance Committee terrorist organization, disrupted the organizing of the attack. Rocket attacks from Gaza by the PRC and Islamic Jihad have continued into Sunday.

The prime minister commended the security and intelligence services in the airstrike that killed Kaisi and another member of the Popular Resistance Committee. The Israel Defense Forces said the two were planning a terror attack that was to take place from Sinai in the coming days.

“We have exacted from them a very high price,” he said. “Naturally we will act as necessary.”

More than 130 rockets have rained down on southern Israel since the killings, injuring eight Israeli civilians, including one severely, according to the IDF. At least 17 Palestinians, including a 14-year-old, have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief March 11, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech / Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting on Palestinian Rocket Attacks on Southern Israel from Gaza

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PM Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

Source: PMO, 3-11-12

Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting today:

“Good morning.  Last Friday, an arch-terrorist who organized many attacks against the State of Israel was eliminated.  He was in the midst of planning another attack that was directed at our southern border with Egypt.  We are still on alert regarding the attack and I have ordered the closure of the road on the Egyptian border.

But there is no doubt that IDF operations have disrupted the organizing for the attack; of course, time will tell to what extent.  Naturally, this led to another round with the Popular Resistance Committees, Islamic Jihad and other groupsWe are still in the midst of this round.  The IDF is striking at them in strength.  I would like to commend this operation and the security and intelligence services.  We have exacted from them a very high price; naturally, we will act as necessary.

I must also point out that the Iron Dome system has proven itself very well and we will, of course, see to its expansion in the months and years ahead.  We will do everything in our power to expand the deployment of this system.  In the end, the strongest force at our disposal is the fortitude of the residents, of the council heads, of Israelis and of the Government.  We are taking the necessary defensive and aggressive measures and I have no doubt that with this combination, along with the necessary fortitude, we will overcome these terrorist threats around us.  Thank you.

Israel Political Brief March 10, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu vows to continue striking those in Gaza who target Israel

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Netanyahu vows to continue striking those in Gaza who target Israel

Source: JTA, 3-10-12

In a meeting Saturday night with the mayors of southern Israeli communities, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to continue hitting Palestinian forces in Gaza responsible for a barrage of rocket attacks.

Netayahu praised the residents for their resilience in the face of the rocket barrage.

“We will continue to hit whoever plans to attack citizens of the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said. ” At the same time, we will continue to improve home front defense including by means of additional Iron Dome systems, the effectiveness of which was shown again over the weekend.”

More than 130 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza since an Israeli airstrike killed the leader of a Palestinian terrorist group.

Four Israeli civilians have been injured in the attacks, one severely, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

The IDF announced Saturday evening that the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted 28 out of 31 long-range Grad rockets targeting major Israeli cities,including Beer Sheba, Ashdod and Ashkelon.

The attacks began Friday night after Israel Air Force planes targeted and killed Zuhir Mussah Ahmed Kaisi, the secretary general, and another member of the group. The men were responsible for planning a combined terror attack that was to take place via Sinai in the coming days, according to the IDF….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 10, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel will continue to strike anyone planning to attack its citizens

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Netanyahu: Israel will continue to strike anyone planning to attack its citizens

Source: Haaretz, 3-10-12

WATCH: IDF strikes target in Gaza Strip; Since Friday, nearly 100 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza; Iron Dome system intercepts 27 of 32 rockets targeted.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with regional council heads in Israel’s south on Saturday, and said Israel will continue to strike whoever plans attacks on Israeli citizens.

The meeting came as the escalation of violence that began on Friday continued on Saturday after several hours of quiet. Five rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel in the early afternoon.

rocket gaza A rocket being fired out of Gaza.
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“We will improve the home front defenses even more,” Netanyahu said, “also by purchasing more Iron Dome systems, which proved themselves again this weekend.”

Since Friday, a total of nearly 100 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza. During the escalation, the Iron Dome system intercepted 27 of the 32 rockets it targeted. The missile defense system is designed to only intercept rockets identified as heading toward populated areas….READ MORE

PM Netanyahu Speaks with Southern Council Heads

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on Saturday, 10.3.12, with the heads of the councils in the south that were fired at (Be’er Sheva, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Kiryat Malakhi, Gan Yavneh, the Eshkol Regional Council, the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council and the Bnei Shimon Regional Council). He asked the council chairmen to convey to residents his est…eem for their fortitude. The mayors noted the security that the Iron Dome system provides to their residents.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “We will continue to hit whoever plans to attack citizens of the State of Israel. At the same time, we will continue to improve home front defense including by means of additional Iron Dome systems, the effectiveness of which was shown again over the weekend.”

Israel Political Brief October 30, 2011: Second cease-fire between Israel, Gaza reportedly brokered

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Second cease-fire between Israel, Gaza reportedly brokered

Source: JTA, 10-30-11

Rockets from Gaza continued to hit southern Israel as a second cease-fire in less than 24 hours was scheduled to go into effect.

 

Egypt reportedly continued to negotiate a cease-fire for Sunday night in an effort to stem a weekend assault of rockets and mortars on southern Israel.

The Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command on Sunday night announced that there were no more  restrictions on public gatherings, meetings, schools, non-essential jobs or shopping centers. Though the lifting of the ban means that schools can open as usual on Monday after being closed on Sunday, several southern Israeli communities such as Ashdod, Ashkelon, Beersheba and Gan Yavne announced that schools would remain closed on Monday.

At least 39 rockets and mortars pounded Israel’s South over the weekend, including 11 on Sunday morning. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attacks. The attacks left an Israeli father of four dead and dozens wounded.

“We will do anything to defend Israeli civilians,” said Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday afternoon following a meeting with security and intelligence officials. “I advise the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations not to test our capabilities.”

Early Sunday afternoon, reports that Islamic Jihad had accepted an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire surfaced following several hours of calm. That cease-fire came to an end Sunday afternoon when Israel’s Air Force struck a terror cell about to launch a rocket from Gaza to Israel.

At least one member of the terror cell was killed in the Sunday afternoon attack, according to reports.

Several long-range Grad missiles hit in and near cities throughout southern Israel, including Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gan Yavne and Beersheba. A school and a private home were damaged in the attacks, and several cars were burned. Some 200,000 children stayed home from school, and several colleges and Ben-Gurion University did not open for the start of the new academic year on Sunday as scheduled….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief October 28, 2011: Israel Hits Gaza After Rocket Attack

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Israel Hits Gaza After Rocket Attack

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, JTA, 10-28-11

Israeli airstrikes struck terrorist sites in Gaza in response to rocket fire on southern Israel.

Shortly after a long-range Grad rocket was fired from Gaza late Wednesday night, Israel said its Air Force hit three “terror activity sites in the Central Gaza Strip” and a weapons storage facility in southern Gaza.

The Grad rocket had landed in an open area near the city of Ashdod, which has more than 200,000 residents. Color Red warning sirens also went off in Rehovot, Rishon Lezion and other area communities, according to reports.

It was the first rocket attack from Gaza since the Shalit prisoner swap last week. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The last time rockets were fired from Gaza on Israel was three weeks ago.

Also Wednesday night, a roadside bomb damaged an Israeli army vehicle on patrol near the West Bank settlement of Efrat.

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Israel Political Brief August 22, 2011: Palestinian Rockets Fall in Israel After “Ceasefire”

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Rockets Fall in Israel After “Ceasefire”

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 8-22-11
Southern Israeli cities came under rocket fire again for a fifth night despite claims by Gaza terrorists they were committed to a “ceasefire.” rockets ashkelon

Residents in the coastal city of Ashkelon raced for cover as the Color Red air raid siren blared its warning at about 7:40 p.m. local time.

Two medium-range Grad Katyusha missiles, fired by terrorists in northern Gaza, exploded in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council district. Both landed in open areas, although one set off a brush fire in a field that quickly ignited, dry from the summer heat.

Earlier in the day, a rocket struck an empty building in the Eshkol Regional Council district as well. No physical injuries were reported in any of the attacks.

The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) terrorist group had announced earlier Monday in a statement on its website that it would adhere to a Hamas-led ceasefire.

However, more than a dozen rockets were fired Sunday night after the so-called truce was imposed.

No Gaza-based group took responsibility for the attacks.

A deadly Grad Katyusha missile barrage on Be’er Sheva Saturday evening left a 38-year-old man dead and eight others seriously wounded. Ofakim was also targeted, as were numerous other southern Israeli cities and communities. Nearly 40 people were hospitalized due to severe anxiety.

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Israel Political Brief August 22, 2011: Palestinians announce ceasefire after five-day rocket attacks on Israel

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Palestinians announce ceasefire after five-day rocket barrage

Source: JTA, 8-22-11

Palestinian factions in Gaza appeared to be observing a ceasefire with Israel reportedly brokered by Egypt.

The Popular Resistance Committee, blamed for last week’s coordinated attacks near Eilat that left eight Israelis dead, on Monday announced a “temporary halt of rocket fire,” according to reports.

Hamas reportedly agreed to enforce the ceasefire on smaller Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza.

Israeli officials told reporters that the ceasefire was unilaterally declared by the Palestinians. Still, Israel has not launched any retaliatory strikes on Gaza since midnight on Sunday.

At least four rockets from Gaza were fired at Israel early Monday morning. One was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system and one landed near a public building in Israel’s south, damaging the building.

The ceasefire comes after a five-day barrage of rockets fired from Gaza on southern Israel, to which Israel responded to with retaliatory strikes on sites in Gaza. Twelve rockets were fired at Israel after the original ceasefire was to go into effect on Sunday afternoon.

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

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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.

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