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Israel Responds to Rocket Attacks

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12 Nov 2019 (All day)
Israel Responds to Rocket Attacks
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a press conference at the Kirya Military Headquarters in Tel Aviv late Tuesday morning to address the barrage of rockets fired into Israel from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip following an Israeli strike which killed Baha Abu al-Ata, a senior commander in the Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror militia early Tuesday morning. "Terrorists think they can hit civilians and hide behind civilians," the prime minister said. "We showed that we can hit the terrorist with minimal damage to civilians. Anyone who thinks they can hit our civilians and get away with it is wrong. If you hit us we will hit you."

IDF Chief of the General Staff Lt. General Aviv Kochavi said during his own remarks that al-Ata had undermined efforts to reach a long-term cease-fire agreement with Hamas, adding that "in recent days he was working to perpetrate attacks against Israel. We tried to thwart his efforts in different ways without success and we then recommended a targeted killing. We are not interested in an escalation but we are ready - on the ground, in the air and at sea."

The press conference followed a difficult morning which saw over 150 rockets fired into Israel, including a handful of strikes on Tel Aviv. Many of the incoming rockets were shot down by the Iron Dome air defense system but a few landed in populated areas. One strike on a busy highway intersection south of Tel Aviv was caught on camera and widely circulated on social media, although it caused no injuries or damage.

“We stand behind the security forces, who have been working for the success of this morning’s operations for a long time," said President Reuven Rivlin in a statement. "I know that they, and the Israeli government that approved the operation, have Israel’s security, and only that, in their minds. This is no time for political squabbles, and those who do so bring no credit to themselves. It is the time to stop such statements immediately. Israeli citizens – please listen to the life-saving instructions of the IDF Home Front Command and take good care of yourselves.”
 
Nevertheless, thousands of Israelis all over the country stayed home and/or kept their children home as many schools, businesses, government offices and other public places were closed until further notice. Several injuries were reported, mostly from people hurting themselves while running for shelter in response to incoming rocket alerts.

Here is a video about the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror militia



BDS Movement Celebrates Rare Success
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel celebrated a success on Tuesday when the European Court of Justice issued a ruling that “foodstuffs” produced in Jewish communities in the West Bank, Golan Heights and eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem can be labeled as such, instead of being labelled as “Made in Israel”. Several analysts expressed concern that the ruling would enable BDS activists to put pressure on European governments and consumers to participate in their economic campaign against Israel.

Iran Again Violates JCPOA Nuclear Deal
Former national security council chief Maj. Gen. Yaakov Amidror spoke at the INSS Conference in Tel Aviv on Monday, saying among other things that “there might come a situation where we will have to act directly in Iran to stop the Iranians. The world is not ready to act…not NATO, not the US…they prefer to close their eyes. It might be costly, it might be problematic, it’s not going to be easy,” but Israel might have no other choice. The speech came shortly after Ali Akbar Salehi, chief of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, told journalists that the Islamic Republic has re-started uranium enrichment at its Fordow facility and a UN inspection team announced it had discovered evidence of nuclear work at a previously undeclared site in Iran.

Here is a video about Iran’s recent regional activities



PIJ Commander Reportedly Killed in Syria
The Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror militia issued a statement Tuesday morning complaining that the Damascus home of one of its senior commanders had been attacked by Israel, coinciding with a report by Syrian state news agency SANA saying that a house near the Lebanese Embassy in Damascus had indeed been bombed, leaving two people dead and six others wounded. In related news, the Pentagon announced that between 500-600 US troops will remain in Syria to continue operations against the Islamic State (IS) terror militia.

Rioters Attack IDF Troops in West Bank
Rioters attacked IDF troops outside Ramallah and Hebron on Monday afternoon amidst demonstrations to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat that left one Palestinian man dead and several others injured, along with three IDF troops. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas laid a wreath at Arafat’s tomb in Ramallah during the events, saying "Israel says the martyrs are criminals, terrorists and murderers. We will never agree to give up on our martyrs, our most sacred martyrs.”

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