Editor’s note: As Trump moves toward giving Syria’s Golan oil reserves to Israel, in direct contravention of UN Security Council resolution (to which the US was signatory), Netanyahu has sacrificed an Israeli family.
The game is simple, but the real question, is this an Hamas rocket or was it one fired by Israel itself? We aren’t kidding, politics in Israel are deadly as this murder video of Prime Minister Rabin, who was killed to put Netanyahu in power, shows. Warning, this video is being jammed by Israel. Turn down your speakers:
And now to the report from Israel’s YNet news:
Two women were moderately hurt and five others, including an infant, lightly wounded after a rocket fired by Gaza militants struck a residential house in a community northeast of Tel Aviv; Netanyahu cuts his Washington trip short in light of the rocket attack
An early morning rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck a house in central Israel on Monday, wounding seven people and prompting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cut short a trip to Washington. The developments set the stage for a potential major conflagration, shortly before Israel’s upcoming elections.
The rocket attack destroyed a residential home in the community of Mishmeret, north of the city of Kfar Saba, wounding six members of the family. The Magen David Adom rescue service said it treated seven people overall, including two women who were moderately wounded. The others, including two children and an infant, had minor wounds.
The sounds of air raid sirens jolted residents of the Sharon area, northeast of Tel Aviv, from their sleep shortly after 5am, sending them scurrying to bomb shelters. A strong sound of an explosion followed. The Israeli military said it identified the rocket fired from the Gaza Strip.
The rocket smashed through the roof of the house and exploded on the floor, creating a crater in the ground and sending the shrapnel flying through all areas of the house. The rocket is currently stuck in the ground and efforts were being made by the security forces to extract it.
The strike left a family home in Mishmeret in ruins, tiles and debris scattered all about. Four family dogs were killed in the explosion.
The attack comes 10 days after rockets were fired toward Israel’s densely populated commercial capital of Tel Aviv. The Israeli military at the time struck back in Gaza and the sides appeared to be hurtling toward another confrontation. But Gaza’s Hamas leaders said the rocket was fired accidently and calm was quickly restored.
Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility to Monday’s attack, it comes just hours after several Hamas prisoners stabbed two guards at Ketziot Prison in southern Israel, moderately wounding one of them. In an attempt to restrain the prisoners, at least 11 of the incarcerated were wounded, two critically. Following the incident, Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group issued a threat, warning Israel of “consequences for its aggression that will be felt by soldiers and citizens.”
The outburst comes at a sensitive time for both sides. Israel is holding national elections in 15 days. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is locked in a tight fight for re-election and could face heavy criticism from his opponents if he is seen as ineffective against the militants.