Either Hamas can stop the fire but would prefer to watch Israel be attacked while someone else does the dirty work, or it is not as much in control of Gaza as it claims. Both are likely true to some extent, with an emphasis on the former scenario, and their behavior underscores the numerous ways in which Palestinian statehood is nowhere near ready for prime time.
“Fire from Gaza intensifies as three mortars hit southern Israel,” from Haaretz, August 8 (thanks to Alexandre):
Three mortar shells fell Sunday night in Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council, causing damage to a fence. No injuries were reported.
The incident comes after a spate in rocket attacks launched from the Gaza Strip last week. On Friday, Israel Air Force jets attacked five targets in Gaza in response to the firing of Grad rockets.
The jihadists will continue to see how hard they can push until they get a lucky shot and bite off more than they can chew. Then, they will claim victim status when Israel responds.
Hours before the air strike a rocket fell in an open field near the town of Kiryat Gat. The rocket was the third of its kind in 24 hours, but it caused no injuries or damage.
IDF spokesman said last week that, “The IDF will operate with determination and respond with force against any terror organization attempting to disturb the way of life or harm the citizens of Israel. The IDF holds the Hamas terrorist organization solely responsible for any terrorist activity emanating from the Gaza Strip.”
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in a cabinet meeting Sunday that the recent rocket fire from Gaza was carried out by Palestinian breakaway groups and an Islamic Jihad organization, adding that he views the recent escalation with great severity and believes the attacks will continue.
Since the beginning of 2011 more than 340 rockets have been fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip, according to the Israel Defense Forces.