Terror in Gaza Escalates, Israeli Civilians Targeted
emanating from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip sharply escalated
– with both a significant
increase in rocket fire and the use of a snipers’ rifle
to kill civilians.
An Israeli woman wounded by a Kassam rocket in Sderot is
evacuated by ambulance.
David Adom Photo
On January 15th, terror emanating from the Hamas-controlled
Gaza Strip sharply escalated. Over the next 24 hours, more
than 100 rockets and mortars were fired from Gaza on the
Israeli cities of Sderot and Ashkelon, a city of one hundred
thousand residents. Not only did the Palestinian’s indiscriminate
fire rain down on Israeli civilians harder than ever before,
the Palestinian terrorists now began to single out civilian
targets with precision weapons. A Hamas sniper murdered 20
year-old volunteer Carlos Chavez from Ecuador in the fields
of Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha using a specialized .50 caliber
(12.5 mm) snipers’ rifle.
from the Gaza Strip in 2005 in order to promote a peaceful
solution – yet in return received Hamas-backed terror. More
than two years ago, Israel removed all of its civilians, soldiers
and settlements from the Gaza Strip and redeployed behind the
pursues cross-border terrorism – abducting Israelis and targeting
civilians on Israeli soil. The rocket launches from Gaza are
senseless, indiscriminate violence against the Israeli civilian
population. Since the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip in June,
approximately 1500 rockets and mortars have been launched at
Israel. Israel has suffered dozens of casualties, hundreds
of shock victims, thousands of traumatized children, and severe
disruption of daily life.
would watch its civilian population being targeted on a daily basis
without responding. Every country is obliged to protect its citizens
and would act as Israel to defend them.
Lior, 5, wounded by a Kassam rocket in Sderot (15 Jan),
held by her grandfather, MDA employee Chaim Ben Schimmel.
David Adom Photo
A clear distinction
must be made between Palestinian terror attacks against Israel
and Israel’s defensive response. Palestinian terrorists
directly target Israeli civilians and use their own civilians
as human shields. Terror groups produce, transport, and launch
rockets and mortars from inside densely populated Palestinian
residential areas, which are used for cover. These groups are
intentionally trying to create a humanitarian crisis as a means
of gaining international support, i.e. by attacking the very
border crossings meant to deliver humanitarian relief to the
Palestinian population, and by smuggling explosives disguised
as humanitarian aid.
not view the people of Gaza as its enemy and is doing everything
possible to prevent harm to innocent Palestinian civilians.
Israel targets only the armed militants directly involved in
the violence, rocket and mortar attacks against Israeli citizens.
Tactical orders are given to IDF commanders that operations
should be cancelled when civilians enter the combat area and
missiles must be diverted as required. Despite the security
constrictions, Israel makes certain that there is a continuous
flow of humanitarian aid and supplies through the border crossings
to the Palestinian population.
Israel wants peace with its Palestinian neighbors. Israel believes
that the Palestinian people are entitled to national self-determination
and a state of their own. Israel accepts the idea of two nation
states living side by side in peace – a homeland for the Palestinian
people and a homeland for the Jewish people. Israel is negotiating
with the moderate Palestinian leadership under President Abbas
to bring that goal forward.
the Islamic extremists gaining control of the Gaza street are
the greatest obstacle to a two-state solution. The armed Palestinian
militants targeted by Israel are not just enemies of the Israeli
people, they are enemies of peace. They propagate an ideology
that espouses violence instead of dialogue. These extremists
in Gaza oppose reconciliation, oppose the peace talks, and
claim that any Palestinian who negotiates with Israel is a
traitor to Islam and to the Arab cause. For these reasons,
Hamas is recognized as a terrorist organization by international
community, including by the European Union and the United States.
The world does not need another terrorist state. There can
be no peace when the Hamas leadership in Gaza is more interested
in the obliteration of Israel than in the two-state solution