24 Kislev 5778
12 December 2017
Quote of the Day:
“Burn southern Israel.”
Iranian General Qasem Suleimani, giving directions to Hamas and Islamic Jihad yesterday.
The News On the Israeli Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
Aside from the missile fire noted in Today’s Blog, there were “only” about 50 terror attacks carried out by Palestinian terrorists.
The locations of these attacks were at such places as the Zif Junction, Hevron Hills, Al Fawwar, Hawara, Hizma, El Aruv, throughout Gush Etzion, Hevron, Beit Anun, Shechem, Issawiya, Beit Ur al-Tahta, Ofra, Deir Ibsia, Deir Jarir, Ras Karkar, Shuafat, Silwan, Jilazon, Sha’ar Ohad, Kiryat Arba, Beit El, the Jerusalem tunnel road, Neve Yair, the Naaleh Junction, and the Postal Junction.
Islamic Jihad women “rally” in Gaza . . .
The “women” of the Islamic Jihad staged a rally against Israel and the U.S. yesterday.
Note the sign in the background “Al Quds (Jerusalem) is the capital of Palestine.”
Why is Israel keeping this man alive?
The following picture was taken at the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva yesterday. Who is the person in the wheelchair with the oxygen tank?
It’s none other than Saeb Erekat, the chief spokesman for the PLO and one of the most vitriolic anti-Israel haters on the planet. You may remember that Erekat just received a lung transplant in Washington, D.C. after being kicked off the waiting list here.
But here he is back again. And issuing statement after threat after statement against Israel from his hospital room. Why in the world are we nursing him back to health?
Prices drop . . . at last . . .
Finance Minister Kahlon announced yesterday that the government has started the process of reducing the prices of most consumer items by cutting 800 million shekels in taxes.
As Kahlon said: “We are opening a process of reducing tariffs and purchase taxes on electrical and electronic products, such as televisions, refrigerators and loudspeakers, and clothing, textiles and cosmetics – all consumer goods.”
These reductions cannot happen soon enough.
In the Missile Crosshairs Last Night
Here in far south Ashdod, we went to sleep around 10:45 pm last night–wondering if sleep was really possible in the current situation in which incoming missile alarms have been going off every night.
Our sleep didn’t last long.
First, we heard the sirens just south of us in the Chof Ashkelon region that is between Ashdod and Ashkelon. They were followed a mini-second later by the loud alarms on our phones going off.
The time was 11:32:59–as noted on the alarm app on our phones.
The alarms on the phone stopped. Then we heard the sirens again. Then the sirens stopped, and then we heard the alarms again.
And once again, the cycle repeated itself.
Then all was quiet.
Then we heard the big booms from the Iron Dome Battery just south of our house go off. Twice.
And then, about 10 seconds later, we heard the explosive intercepts.
And then we tried to go back to sleep.
This morning we have the details.
The targets last night were Zones 217, 246, 247, and 248 which is the area that stretches from Netiv Ha’Asara to just south of Ashdod.
The following communities were affected:
Netiv Ha’Asara, Yad Mordechai, Zikim, Karmiya, Bat Hadar, Gia, Mavki’im, Talmei Yaffe, Kfar Silver, and of course Ashkelon.
Not to mention Ashdod.
What is the population of this area whose residents were sent running to their bomb shelters? Not counting Ashdod, we are talking about 100,000+ men, women, and children.
As to the missiles themselves, two were intercepted by the Iron Dome, and information on the others has not been released.
All told, 10 missiles were fired into Israel yesterday—and this makes 5 consecutive days of missile fire into this region.
And what is the IDF doing to stop these attacks? Nothing much. Here’s a picture released by Hamas this morning of an attack on a Hamas observation post:
Isn’t it remarkable that the tower is still standing? Empty sand dunes, empty buildings, roofs of observation posts: these are what the IDF is attacking in order to protect us.