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This Ongoing War..
31 January '14..
You would need to look long and hard to find any mention in any mainstream news channel anywhere of the fact that incoming-missile sirens wailed over much of southern Israel last night (Thursday). We posted a note on Twitter at the time (see below) before the outcome was known.
This morning, we know, according to a report via Times of Israel, that a Grad rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in an open area just outside the southern city of Netivot (population: 27,000). Netivot has not heard those sirens since Operation Pillar of Defense in November 2012. In Ynet's report, they say two rocket landings were detected in open areas of southern Israel in last night's attack.
9:40 pm: Incoming rocket warnings heard across Israel's south. Now waiting for reliable reports of what happened. #FearfulUncertainty
The terrorists who mount these lethal attacks have neither the capability nor the desire to point them at specific locations. Anywhere on the Israeli side of the fence, for them, is good enough, and if their prayers are answered with deaths or injury, then their many failed attempts are justified. In simple terms, this is the face of the terror faced by Israelis within firing range of the jihadists of Hamas-controlled Gaza.
Fortunately there were neither injuries nor damage this time, but that is never the outcome sought by those who do the firing and the long supply chain that stands behind them.