Ofakim Shuts Schools, Joining Be´er Sheva (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 03/15/12)
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The town of Ofakim (pop. 24,000) in the Negev is joining Be´er Sheva
and shutting down its schools Friday.
Schools in Be´er Sheva were closed Thursday, following a decision by
Mayor Rubik Danilovich, despite an announcement by the IDF Home Front
Command that schools could reopen.
Ofakim´s appointed mayor, Tzvika Gringold, has decided to follow
suit. The Ofakim municipality explained that disagreements between
the heads of the Home Front Command and heads of the large local
government authorities had caused the public to experience fear and
confusion. Therefore schools would be closed on Friday, which is a
short school day anyway.
"We hope that the upcoming weekend will be utilized for discussion
and coordination of positions between IDF commanders and head of
local government," the municipality said.
In the early afternoon Thursday, the Iron Dome system intercepted a
Grad missile that Gaza terrorists had fired at Be´er Sheva.
Danilovich stated: "The State of Israel must show determination in
defending its citizens and make clear to the terrorists that a red
line has been crossed. I have said in a clear way – when missiles are
being fired, there are no studies. This is the formula."
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/15/12)
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