More on that ceasefire…

From Ynet:

Gaza rocket hits Eshkol Council; no injuries

Color red alert sounds after midnight followed by explosion. Security forces find rocket near community

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near a community in the Eshkol Regional Council on Saturday night. No injuries or damage were reported. A Color red siren sounded in the area shortly before the hit.

On Thursday, two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council.

No injuries or damage were reported. The hits were at approximately 11 pm, but no alert was sounded.

Earlier in the week, two rockets exploded in residential areas in the southern city of Eilat without causing injury or damage.

The Iron Dome system deployed in the city detected the rocket launches but did not intercept the rockets.

Addressing regional threats on Independence Day, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that “Hamas are armed with tens of thousands of various rockets and missiles, which they will launch at our cities and citizens when ordered to do so.

“Even now, and despite the achievements of the Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria, it is ready to confront Israel, and will be backed by Iran and Syria. Hezbollah is Tehran’s executive officer, both in assisting Lebanon will be considered responsible for every Hezbollah attack on Israel and will pay the price.”

Also this week, it was reported that the United States plans to finance Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile by the amount of $220 million for the fiscal year 2014, despite the US’s budget cuts.

According Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Pentagon plans to spend $220.3 million on the Iron Dome.

The Pentagon, which had already spent $204 million in 2011 and $70 million in 2012, also foresees a budget of 176 million for the Iron Dome system in 2015.

Some quick comments:

  • This latest attack doesn’t feature in the (non Israeli) mainstream media. But if Israel retaliated, that sure would.
  • The UN is not interested either.
  • What other country would tolerate this?
  • What other country would be expected to tolerate this?
  • On a personal level, note this: on Yom Haatzmaut, we went mountain biking. We were able to see Gaza as we drove to our starting point. We were, you see, “near a community in the Eshkol Regional Council.” In other words, we were in the target zone.
  • My heart goes out to the people of the southern communities who endure this dreadful state of affairs.