SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE IZRAELI HEBREW PRESS

HEADLINES FROM THE IZRAELI HEBREW PRESS
 
HA’ARETZ
1. ONE DEAD AND FOUR WOUNDED IN MISSILE BARRAGE ON THE SOUTH.
Grad fired at Ashkelon leads to death of man in his 50’s. Yesterday: Eight Grad missiles fired from Gaza Strip. One missile struck empty school in Ashdod. Before attack, IDF killed head of Islamic Jihad rocket production team. Today: No classes in south.
 
MA’ARIV
1. ROCKET ATTACK IN THE SOUTH: FATHER OF FOUR KILLED IN ASHKELON.
Over 20 rockets and mortars fired at Be’er Sheva, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gan Yavneh, Sderot and the communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip. Moshe Ami, 56, killed by shrapnel. Grad hits near home in Ashdod. IDF kills ten Islamic Jihad militants.
 
2. CLASSES CANCELLED IN BE’ER SHEVA, ASHDOD AND ASHKELON.
 
3. APPARENT: EASTERN JERUSALEM „KING’S GARDEN” CONSTRUCTION PROJECT TO BE APPROVED.
 
YEDIOT AHRONOT
1. One person killed by Grad fire at Ashkelon.
ATTACK.
Following elimination of senior Islamic Jihad militant: Dozens of rockets fired at southern cities. Iron Dome did not intercept Grads – and a resident of Ashkelon was killed. This morning: No classes in Be’er Sheva, Ashdod, Ashkelon and all communities within 7-40 km. from Gaza border.
 
YISRAEL HAYOM
1. One person killed in rocket strike on Ashkelon; classes cancelled in south.
THE SOUTH UNDER FIRE.
IDF eliminated Islamic Jihad cell that was about to launch rockets, and approximately 30 Grads and mortar rounds were fired at the coastal plain and area adjacent to Gaza in response. Moshe Ami (50), from Ashkelon, failed to reach cover in time, was struck by shrapnel and later died. Classes cancelled in Be’er Sheva, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Gan Yavneh and Kiryat Malakhi.
 
WALLA!
1. IN WAKE OF THE FIRING: [IDF CHIEF-OF-STAFF] GANTZ ORDERS IDF TO PREPARE FOR ESCALATION.
(…).
 
2. THIS MORNING: ROCKET BARRAGE AT SOUTHERN COMMUNITIES CONTINUES.
(…). Iron Dome intercepts two Grads fired at Gan Yavneh.
 
3. EGYPTIAN SOURCES: WE HAVE FAILED IN EFFORT TO STOP FIRING FROM GAZA.
Contrary to reports that ceasefire has been achieved between Israel and the Palestinian factions, official sources in Egypt – that mediated in efforts to secure ceasefire – announce that they failed. IDF Spokesperson: Advanced contacts being held.
 
NANA10
1. EGYPTIAN CEASEFIRE FAILS: [PALESTINIAN] FACTIONS NOT GIVING IN.
 
2. THIS MORNING: FIRING ON SOUTH CONTINUES, IDF ATTACKS IN GAZA.
Last night and this morning: Firing at south continues. All rockets fell in open areas; no casualties. IDF attacks six targets in Gaza.
 
[Headlines for Walla! and Nana10 are from their websites as of 11:05.]
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SUMMARY OF OP-EDS FROM THE HEBREW PRESS
 
All three papers comment on carious issues related to Gaza Strip-based terrorists’ latest rocket assault on southern Israel:
 
Yediot Ahronot suggests that the missile barrage is Islamic Jihad’s way to tell both Israel and the Palestinians, including Hamas, that, „We are here; the armed struggle has not been halted,’ and reminds its readers that last Wednesday was the anniversary of the 1995 elimination Islamic Jihad founder Dr. Fathi Shkaki. The author believes that, „Make no mistake, Hamas is not happy about this escalation. Its leaders have no interest in resuming the violence until the Shalit deal is over, with the release in another two months of 550 additional prisoners. Internally as well, Hamas does not want a resumption of fighting since it would hurt its ability to rebuild the Gaza Strip and strengthen itself vis-à-vis Fatah. In order to maintain its strength and prevent a security escalation, Hamas will have to rein in Islamic Jihad. The result is liable to be an unwritten alliance between Hamas and Israel in a common struggle against the rocket-launching cells and those who dispatch them.”
 
Ma’ariv reminds its readers that social protest rallies were held last night across Israel and asserts that, „The social protest organizers picked an especially bad time for their media event: An evening in which missiles were exploding in communities in the south, an evening in which an Israeli citizen lost his life.” The author suggests that, „The time has come for this protest to prove that its political power is genuine and not a fiction of the public squares. As of now, it seems that they prefer to deal with what entertainers will appear at their rallies rather than the real thing – joining the political game in Israel in order to bring about genuine change, the kind that is made in Knesset committees and in the Cabinet. Let us have the public squares back; that trick has worn itself out.”
 
Yisrael Hayom dismisses the notion of a period of calm vis-à-vis Gaza-based terrorists since the latter will exploit any calm to build up and improve their arsenals, and notes that almost one million Israelis will soon be in range of Gaza-based missiles. While the author applauds Israel’s defensive efforts, including Iron Dome, he also calls for, „an iron-hand policy against terrorism,” including the seizure of key areas in the Gaza Strip so as to interdict rocket-fire. The paper also avers that should a second Operation Cast Lead-type of operation prove necessary, the IDF must then, „wreck the Hamas regime, which is not part of the solution but the problem itself.”
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