Some important developments.
Two journalists have confirmed that Palestinians have fired a long-range rocket at Israel from next to Al Shifa hospital in Gaza. Neither journalist, of course, made it the headline, it was just mentioned in passing. The first was Jodi Rudgren of The New York Times who, in writing a lengthy article about Palestinians suffering at the hospital, noted in passing:
Suddenly, just after 2 p.m., the crowd was startled as militants near the hospital fired a missile — most likely one that landed near Jerusalem. In an instant, anticipation gave way to fear, and horror, as Israel fired back, explosion after explosion in the distance.
The second was Phoebe Greenwood, a reporter for the London Daily Telegraph, who in a report on Canadian television mentioned a similar incident, as reported at Israel Matzav yesterday. She said a rocket was fired from “very nearby here” just “two blocks away” from the hospital. The video is here, it starts at 1:50. It apparently was the same rocket reported by Rudgren, as both mentioned it was the rocket which landed near Jerusalem.
Which means that the rocket fired from near the hospital was one of the large Fajr-5 rockets.
Then this morning there was a civilian bus bombing in Tel Aviv, and celebratory gunfire in Gaza:
A bus in central Tel Aviv was blown up in a terror attack at around noon on Wednesday — the first bombing attack in the city since April 2006. Twenty-one people were injured in the bombing, three of them seriously.
Police commander Yohanan Danino said the police had been “braced for an attack of this kind,” because it was clear that Gaza terror groups were trying to carry out attacks in Israel. There was an ongoing threat of more attacks, he said. “We’re not only facing rocket attacks, that’s clear,” he said. “People need to be alert, to report anything suspicious.”
Hamas claimed responsibility for the blast, according to reports from Gaza, and celebratory gunfire was heard in the Strip as the bombing was reported on the radio.
Hamas and other Palestianian militants hide behind civilians and deliberately attack civilians with great joy. Yet Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, who dreams of being leader of the Muslim world, calls Israel a “terrorist state.” That shows why Israel cannot bow to the mostly demonic “international community.”
This cartoon, which has circulated in various versions over the years, really is true: