Nothing’s Changed: Kassam Attacks and Panic Return to Southern Israel


kassamTerrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza attacked the Negev twice this morning with Kassam rockets, sparking a fire and sending residents back into shelters. A rocket also struck southern Israel late last night. No one was injured in the latest round of attacks which have returned western Negev residents to an eight-year-old routine of panic and trauma. One rocket this morning exploded in the Sdot Negev area, setting fire to a field of cactuses. The same area was targeted shortly before midnight with a Kassam. The other morning missile attack was on the Sha’ar Negev region, adjacent to Sderot, causing no injuries or damage.

Operation ‘Cast Lead’, launched at the end of December, was aimed at destroying the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza and stopping rocket attacks. The Olmert administration ordered the IDF to end the war against terror after three weeks, claiming it had accomplished its objective.

Israel has held Hamas responsible for continuing rocket firing and generally has retaliated for each attack. However, the targeted retaliation has not changed the tactics of Hamas, which simultaneously is negotiating with Israel through Egyptian mediators for another declared truce.

Knesset Member Yuval Steinitz of Likud, former chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, has charged that “tit-for-tat” responses by the IDF are equivalent “to punching holes in the sand.” The Likud had called for the IDF to remain in Gaza and continue to attack Hamas in order to topple the terrorist organization’s grip on the area.

{Yair Israel/INN}


  1. they should never have left gaza after the cease fire.they should stay there and monitor their rebuilding of weapons and keep them under pressure.hamas is a terrorist group that took over gaza by force.they don’t want peace they teach their kids to kill jews it is the whole of their can you make peace with people who say they want to destroy israel,they say it the world blind?or do they just hate jews.