The fighting in Gaza enters its fifth day. Four Israelis have been killed by rocketss, while about 370 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes. Yesterday the Israeli government bombed a Hamas government building, destroying the office of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, as well as other government offices.
For the first time ever, two rockets have been fired at Beer Sheva. No one was injured. The missiles zoomed 28 miles into Israeli territory.
According to Michelle Sieff of the American Jewish Committee (guest blogging on Z-Word), Israel is at a critical point in its history. The widespread rejection of Israel’s right to exist and the Islamic fundementalist governments at the northern and southern borders of Israel make this battle so important to Israel’s survival. The future of a two-state solution hangs in the balance, as well as the conflict between the Western world and Islamic fundementalism.
Yechiel Lasri, Mayor of Ashdod, says this conflict “has been going on since the start of Zionism more than a century ago.”
Hamas spokesperson, Abu Obeida, warned Israel against bringing ground troops into Gaza. “If you enter Gaza, the children will collect your flesh and the remains of your tanks which will be spread out through the streets.”