Sunday, December 16, 2007

Rockets Red Glare

Once again, the Palestinian terrorists launched a barrage of rockets against Israel, and once again children were among the injured.
A rocket fired by Palestinian terrorists from Gaza wounded a two-year-old girl in a community on the Gaza-Israel border, Israeli police and rescue services said Sunday.

The toddler was injured by shrapnel and taken to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon, and her mother, as well as three other people, was being treated for shock, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

The rocket scored a direct hit on a house in a western Negev kibbutz Rosenfeld said. Initial reports said the rocket hit inside the nearby Zikim military base, where a direct rocket hit in September wounded more than 40 soldiers.

The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

Four mortar shells were also fired by Palestinians into Israel causing no casualties or damage. Palestinian terrorists regularly launch rockets and mortar shells into Israel from Gaza, drawing IDF incursions and air strikes aimed at halting the fire.
The Palestinian terrorists are firing more rockets and mortars against Israel now than they have in the past few months. They're upping the ante, even as Israel is engaging in the Annapolis pseudorealism of diplomacy with one of the groups that continue firing rockets on Israel (offshoots of Fatah have taken responsibility for some of the kassam attacks).

Israeli Foreign Minister Livni wants to strengthen the PA claiming that it is in Israel's best interests to do so. I cannot disagree with her strongly enough. There is absolutely no evidence that doing anything for the PA is in Israel's interests. The PA has refused to fulfill its obligations - even the most symbolic. They have refused to amend the PA charter, which still calls for Israel's destruction and replacement with a Palestinian state. How exactly does strengthening the PA improve the situation for Israel? Only someone who thinks that the PA is preferable to Hamas would think this, and Hamas is nothing but the flip side of the same terrorism coin.

Meanwhile, a historic Jewish cemetery in the city of Hebron was desecrated. Hebron has always had a small Jewish community, but Arabs now outnumber Jews there by at least 10-1.

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