July 11, 2020

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05-Oct-16: A Gazan rocket crashes into a residential street in Southern Israel

The scene in Sderot earlier today [Image Source]

There has been another rocket attack on southern Israel today.

A reminder here this morning, the day after Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year), that the insatiable appetites of the Palestinian Arab terrorist ranks for more mayhem and more Jewish victims produce largely unpredictable outbursts of violence directed at generally unpredictable targets and with unknowable outcomes. All we can say with confidence is that ordinary people living peaceful lives on our side of the fence are again subject to being terrorized.

Times of Israel published this at 10:40 am today (Wednesday):

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck a street in the city of Sderot in southern Israel on Wednesday morning, police said. Two people who suffered anxiety attacks were treated by medical teams, but no one was physically hurt by the attack, according to the Magen David Adom medical service. The two — a 15-year-old girl and 60-year-old man — were taken to Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center for further care, MDA paramedic Oren Benita said. Israel Defense Forces tanks responded to the rocket attack with strikes against Hamas sites in the northern Gaza Strip, the army said. The rocket alert siren was activated at approximately 10:20 a.m. and was heard in Sderot, Nir Am, Ivim and Gevim. A few minutes later, Israel Police officers located the rocket in Sderot. The road was slightly damaged in the attack, as were several nearby cars and homes. Police sappers were called to the scene, and the area was closed off to pedestrians and traffic, police said…

The photo does a better job than the text above of explaining how random the outcomes of these terror eruptions are. How far from the homes of ordinary Sderot civilians did today’s rocket crash? Look. Mere meters. Did the rocket-men care? Of course they cared; they wanted to inflict the maximum possible pain and fear that their efforts could produce.

It’s likely to be suggested now that those firing the rockets are not actually Hamas – the Islamist terrorists who rule the tiny Gaza enclave with an iron fist – but this or that so-called splinter group. And that by implication Hamas is against these random outbursts of violence and would prefer quiet and peaceful relations with their Israeli cousins. We think that’s unfounded wishful thinking and fails to take account of the ruthlessness with which terror regimes operate.

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