UPDATES 7 pm Israel time, Thursday, March 6 2014:
*With northern Israel under highest alert following the unsuccessful attempt of Hezbollah to plant IEDs along Israel’s Golan border with Syria, southern Israel continues to get pummeled day after day by Hamas and Islamic Jihad rocket fire.
Last night, incoming rocket sirens sent Israelis living in the area around Sderot and Sha’ar Hanegev running to their bomb shelters twice–once at 9:08 pm and then again just before midnight. There were no reports of physical injuries; however, the steady accumulation of emotional trauma is disastrous to Israeli children and adults alike.
Thus far there has been no response to last night’s attacks–the IAF has not even hit the usual empty buildings and open spaces in Gaza.
*Speaking of Gaza, regular readers of this blog know that in addition to the daily rocket fire, Israel is now facing daily attempted infiltrations of Palestinians through the porous Gaza border fence. On some days, the IDF successfully repels infiltrators before they reach the fence while on other days they fight them back off of the fence.
Nevertheless, an increasing number of Palestinian terrorists are slipping through–occasionally they are captured; often they are not. Today, southern Israelis were lucky as an IDF patrol captured 4 Palestinian terrorists who had already successfully breached the fence and were making their way toward Israeli border communities.
Tomorrow, Israelis living in the southern communities may not be so lucky.
Egypt’s crackdown on Hamas continues unabated.
Days after declaring Hamas a terrorist organization, the Egyptian government announced today that is revoking the Egyptian citizenship of 13,757 Palestinians from Gaza. Most of these Palestinians are the children of Hamas members who received citizenship during the rule of Mohammed Morsi.
The net effect of the declaration and revocation is to make any Hamas member and his family persona non grata in Egypt.
Another effect of the Egyptian crackdown is the Hamas declaration yesterday that Egypt can no longer mediate reconciliation talks between itself and Mahmoud Abbas’ PLO. The bottom line seems to be that, for the moment, such reconciliation talks have ground to a halt.
All of which underscores the ongoing question of exactly whom is Israel supposedly “negotiating peace” with?
The answer is certainly not “the Palestinians”. From the beginning, the only entity that Israel has been “negotiating” with is the PLO. Any agreement that is signed by Mahmoud Abbas pledging peace will not be worth the paper it is written on.
Speaking of persona non grata in Egypt, your humble servant wonders if you remember, dear reader, the case in Israel of Irish Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire. Maguire was one of the pro-Palestinian “activists” who tried to break the Gaza blockade in the notorious “Rachel Corrie” flotilla in 2010. After the boats were taken to Ashdod, Maguire was one of many passengers who were detained and then deported.
Yesterday, Maguire was attempting to enter Gaza again–this time from Egypt. She was arrested when she landed in Cairo and deported from the country along with American “anti-war activist” Medea Benjamin.