Over the past three days, Israel has been the target of rocket attacks from Gaza. Hamas has openly declared its involvement. “Nearly 50 rockets and mortar shells pounded southern Israel,” the Jerusalem Post reports. Four border police were injured in the Ashkelon Coast area.
Also from JPost: “Israel was expected to escalate its response to the attacks and Defense Minister Ehud Barak held security consultations late Tuesday night to review various options, following one of the worst days of violence in months.”
“The more things deteriorate, the closer we come to a decision we don’t want to make,” Vice Premier Silvan Shalom said. “The prospect of a ground operation [in the Gaza Strip] shouldn’t frighten us. If this situation escalates, and I hope it won’t, then all options are open,” he told Israel Radio. “They know it. We know it. The international community knows it.”