While dozens of rockets (Qassam, Katyusha, Grad, it doesn't really matter what you call it when it lands next to you) have been exploding all over the Western Negev, Sederot and Ashkelon -- it hasn't been cleared for publication by Israel's censor, but rockets are landing in Ashdod as well (miles north of Ashkelon).
I really don't want to dust off the "Israel at War, Muqata special edition" banner, but it looks inevitable that the IDF is poised for a more serious incursion into Gaza.
The problem is that Israel has no real game plan for stopping the terror from Gaza, and Israel's politicians do not want to admit that the only possible solution for the time being is returning to military occupation of Gaza. It is militarily impossible to stop the Gaza rockets in a short-spanned week or two operation, and until Israel does not fully control the Egypt/Gaza border the flow of terrorist and weapons will continue.
Israel's PR department is operating sub par (as usual), with Asst. Defense Minister Matan Vilnai using a poor choice of words "shoah" (catastrophe with a small "s" or "Holocaust" with a large "S") to define what the Palestinians are bringing upon themselves by increasing their rocket range. PA's Abbas retorted that what Israel is doing to the Palestinians is even worse than the Holocaust, but since his doctoral thesis was all about denying the Holocaust, I'm not sure why anyone cares what he has to say.
Actually, there is a military solution to the rocket terror which could be done within the span of hours instead of weeks and days. Unfortunately, Israel's leaders do not believe Israel has the legitimacy to use the solution in defending it's citizens.
Ethical, Moral, and Needed now.
It won't win us any extra brownie points from the UN, but they condemn everything we do, so we might as well get the security we need for our citizens if we're going to get lambasted by the world community.
A good week (if that's even possible),
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