World hardly notices massive rocket attack on Israel from Gaza (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS EDITORIAL) 03/15/12)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Articles-Index-Top
Add the looming threat of a nuclear Iran to the anarchy and endemic
dysfunction of the Middle East, and a four-day barrage of terrorist
missiles from Gaza against Israel passes almost unnoticed.
From Friday to Tuesday, missiles rained down, forcing hundreds of
thousands of Israelis into shelters. Among Palestinian terrorists,
this is what amounts to tit-for-tat targeting.
The Israelis had used a surgical rocket strike to take out terror
leader Zuhir al-Qaisi and a confederate who were planning a raid from
Qaisi’s comrades retaliated by indiscriminately attacking men, women
and children over the next four days. Hamas, which controls Gaza, let
the terrorists fire at will. The hope was for a propaganda coup — in
the form of Palestinian casualties — when the Israel Defense Forces
The more sophisticated Palestinian weaponry was aimed at population
centers. One rocket damaged a preschool, mercifully empty at the
time. Four Israeli civilians were wounded, two seriously. The toll
likely would have been much higher had Israel’s new Iron Dome missile
defense not downed 56 rockets.
Of necessity, the Jewish state struck back, killing 24, mostly
fighters from Islamic Jihad or other terror groups, destroying
launching positions and a munitions storehouse.
So bad did the cross-border violence become that Egypt sought to
broker a truce, announced late Tuesday morning.
Reports on Tuesday said the ceasefire was being “mostly observed.”
Translation: Fewer than 10 rockets fired indiscriminately from Gaza
Clearly, it is only a matter of time before those who dream of
obliterating Israel return to their regularly scheduled programming.
(© Copyright 2012 NYDailyNews.com. 03/14/12)
Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY