Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Weekend of 39 Gaza rocket and Mortar Attacks

Nadene Goldfoot
39 rockets and mortars were fired at southern Israel over the weekend.  Arne Moshe, 56 of Ashkelon, died Saturday night in the rocket attack.  He had been hit in the stomach with shrapnel.  16 to 20  people were wounded by shrapnel and smoke inhalation.  14 people were treated for anxiety.

President Shimon Peres says that the latest round of attacks of Gaza missiles  is a "declaration of war."

Israel's IDF had found a terrorist gang preparing to launch long-range rockets  at Israel.  They also had fired a Grad rocket Wednesday.  So Israel hit them and killed 5 terrorists. 

Grad missiles were fired Saturday afternoon and hit a schoolyard in Ashdod.  A 2nd missile fell in an open area while the 3rd fell near Gan Yavneh.  A young girl ran from the explosion and was injured.  Also a man in his 50's was injukred from the shrapnel in the 3rd strike.  Both had to be hospitalized. 

P.M. Netanyahu remarked that he appreciates the endurance of the Southern Israelis in the face of these attacks.  Israel plans to continue striking back every time they are attacked.  There is no cease fire, even though Egypt had tried to arrange for one to start at 6am Sunday morning. 

Israel has not had any air strikes without provocation.  Yet the Oregonian newspaper this morning states the news as if Israel's planes had struck Saturday at Palestinian militants in Gaza who then responded; leaving out the details of Israel having been attacked first.  They write as if Israel were the instigator, and that is not true.  They write that such exchanges are common, though this was the worst in months.

"Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aqsa Brigade terror gangs took responsibility for Saturday's Grad rocket attacks against southern Israel. Footage released by Islamic Jihad Saturday night showed terrorists firing the rockets at Israel using a portable rocket launcher installed on the back of a pickup truck – a method of attack that had not been used in Gaza previously. Media analysts said that the footage indicated that Gaza terror groups had developed several advanced capabilities in recent months."  from Arutz Sheva

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Oregonian Newspaper 10/30/2011 Sunday Paper page A 16 beginning of article exactly like Oregonian, only this is much longer.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bombing Persisting Again from Gaza and Commencing from Judean Mountains
Nadene Goldfoot
All has not been quiet on the Western front from Gaza or the  Judean mountains.  Three weeks ago 2 kassam rockets were fired from Gaza.  One of them managed to land in Hof Askelon Regional Council or the Ashkelon area of Israel.  Ashkelon is Portland, Oregon and Baltimore, Maryland's sister city.  It houses Israel's front line hospital, the Barzilai Medical Center, treating Arabs and Jews alike in the southern Israel area of 502 square miles.  It's like biting the hand that feeds you when the terrorists' bombs might land on this site. 

On Wednesday evening a Grad rocket landed in Southern Israel from the Hamas terrorists in Gaza landing in the Ashdod and Bnai Aish area.  Ashdod is Israel's largest port and an industrial center, one of the two main cargo ports.  It is the 6th largest city in Israel.  It is 20 miles south of Tel Aviv, 12 miles north of Ashkelon and 33 miles west of Jerusalem. 

Also on Wednesday an IDF patrol was struck by  a roadside bomb near Efrat in the Judean mountains.  The army vehicle was damaged but the soldiers were okay.  Efrat lies between Bethlehem and Hebron; two heavily populated Arab communities that had been Jewish cities.  It is only 7.5 miles south of Jerusalem.  There are over 7 thousand Jews living in Efrat. 

The IDF responded with strikes in Gaza in known terrorist centers on Thursday. 

As for having any meetings about peace with Abbas, George Mitchell complained about the Fatah response to his American efforts by refusing to start negotiations during the 10 month window when Israel froze building efforts.  Fatah chose to respond during the 9th month by declaring that they thought a continued freeze was indispensible.  Of course Israel stated that this building need was a point to be discussed in the talks and not now, which is obvious to me and others.  So far, the Arabs have refused to come to the table for any peace talks.  They want all building by Jews to stop and they want East Jerusalem as their capital.

Actually, Arab home construction since 1967 has  outpaced Jewish building.  This is when Jerusalem was unified as one city when Israel won the 1967 war.  The Arab building growth has been 163.4% while the Jews grew by 113.6%.   Yet when the city has any add-ons on building construction planned, the Arabs scream.