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article imageOp-Ed: Hamas rocket attacks barrage Israelis

By Eliot Elwar     Jun 22, 2012 in World
Hamas terror rockets barrage Israel. Barak says Egypt must bring Sinai under control now. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) general warns that terror will move to the east. And the U.S. condemns rocket attacks on Israel.
HAARETZ and Israel National News reports: Approximately hundred rockets were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Air Force responded with counter-strikes on Gaza nine times since the rocket attacks began. A few people were seriously hurt following the terror rocket strikes. The injured Israelis were Border patrolmen. Another 42 terrorist rockets slammed into southern Israel. The rocket fire placed many Israelis under siege. The Hamas terrorist group was responsible for the rocket fire at the Negev. Many residents were forced to remain in shelters. According to an IDF Spokesman, Hamas' weapons arsenal is growing with advanced Iranian made Fajr-3, Katyushas/Grads, anti-tank missiles, and heavy mortars. In the past six years, Hamas rocket fire has killed 44 innocent Israeli civilians and injured 1,687 people.
Israel National News reports: A terror squad penetrated Israel recently along the southern border with Egypt and opened fire on an IDF providing security for construction workers. A Defense Ministry worker was killed. Three terrorists were killed. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said, there has been a "serious escalation" in the security situation along the Sinai border and the lack of Egyptian security control in Sinai was worrisome.
Israel National News reports: IDF General Tzvika Fogel warned that when Israel completes work on the Sinai border fence, the defense establishment must look to the eastern border as the next threat. According to Fogel, terrorists now operating in Sinai will travel to Jordan to strike Israelis from the east. He believes the Israeli government should build a fence on that border as a response to imminent threats. Fogel said, “Defense of 270 kilometers of terrorist activity is nearly impossible.” He was comparing the Egyptian border’s length to Gaza’s relatively small size. He said the terrorists have created “a second Lebanon” in Gaza. He believes that Israel will be forced to operate within Sinai, just as Israel was drawn into Lebanon. He warned that if attacks from Sinai worsen, Egypt will push more of its troops in the area, thus violating its treaty with Israel.
Israel National News reports: The United States condemned recently, the rocket attacks on Israeli citizens by terrorists operating in Hamas-controlled Gaza. The U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, “We strongly condemn the rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel. As we have said many times before, there is no justification for the targeting of innocent civilians, and we call on those responsible to take immediate action to stop these cowardly acts. We regret the injuries sustained in today’s violence. To avoid any situational escalation, we encourage all parties to exercise restraint.”
The Mideast has been marked by increased violence both in attacks against Israel and within the borders of her neighbors. The terrorists in Gaza have greatly escalated their rocket and missile strikes against southern Israel. In just two days more than 70 attacks were recorded. Several people, including at least four police officers, were injured in these attacks.
Additionally, snipers in Gaza have begun shooting at Israelis as they go about their daily lives. Among their targets were farmers working in their fields and firefighters trying to put out brush fires near the border. Israeli Defense Forces also stopped at least two attempted infiltration raids across the border.
Meanwhile both Egypt and Syria have been the scene of continuing violence and unrest. The radical Muslim Brotherhood candidate apparently won the runoff presidential election, but rulings from the army and the Supreme Court cast doubt on whether he would be allowed to take office, and if he is, how much power he would be able to exercise. The situation in Syria continues to worsen, and the death toll from the civil war continues to climb. Although these situations are bad enough in their own right, they pose a danger to Israel and the Mideast.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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