A round-up of our rocket-full day so far
First I’d like to extend a warm welcome home to the 400 French Jews who made aliyah today! Even with rockets falling on us, Israel is the best place in the world to live.
In other good news, politicians in Holland voted unanimously to cut off all aid to the Palestinian Authority. Holland is the first country to do so and should be commended. I hope other countries follow their example — funding terrorists is really not the thing to do. “The parliament asserts that since 2011, the Palestinian Authority transfers money to Palestinian convicts in Israeli prisons, and that these moneys can have a negative effect, in which criminality and terrorism are rewarded,” read the motion which was submitted by the Christian Union and SGP: Reformed Political Party parties.
The Norwegian Foreign Minister had to run for his life in Ashkelon today when the sirens went off as he was touring the city. He made it to a bomb shelter and a good thing, as a rocket smashed a house close by. I was quite paranoid on the bus home from work today.
Hamas, it seems is not only ordering people to ignore the evacuation warnings sent by Israel (we told 100,000 folks in the North of Gaza City to evacuate by 8 a.m. today) but is threatening them that if they do evacuate that Hamas will take revenge on them and their families. As a result, only 20,000 people left their homes. 4 Palestinian children were killed in unclear circumstances –it may have been when we hit a target today or they may have stepped on one of the land mines Hamas buried in the sand on the beaches there.
As far as the claims the international media is making about how most of the Palestinian deaths have been innocent civilians, welllllll, Al Jazeera published a list of the names, ages, and spot they were killed and nearly 90% are MALES aged 16-45 (e.g. Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants) and almost all of the males older than 55 have been identified as senior Hamas and I.J. leaders. 20 women are on the list of dead and about a dozen children under 16, 8 of whom were killed on the second day when IDF forces saw the civilians exit a target at their warning, launched the rocket, and then to their horror saw a bunch of people with kids in tow running back into the building.
I woke up to one hell of a rocket barrage on Tel Aviv this morning. Boker tov it was not. Rockets have been flying thick and fast at our southern communities all day.
The 10-year old Israeli Bedouin girl hit by shrapnel is still fighting for her life in extremely critical condition but her sister is now out of critical condition and stable. Prayers and kind thoughts for their family and also for the families of the Palestinian children who died today.