Three more rockets landed in southern Israel today, one of them near a school in Netivot where students were in class. Parents were called and rushed to bring their children home to safety, and it was announced that schools would be closed on Friday.
Hamas has blamed Islamic Jihad for violating the shaky truce that has led to a sharp decline in rocket fire. Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon blamed Iran, which arms and trains the terror groups operating from Gaza, for the recent round of violence, and stated that the situation in southern Israel is “unacceptable.”
In Israel, people seem to view this latest round of violence as a prelude to war with Iran. One Israeli I spoke with said, “There is no doubt in my mind that Iran is calling the shots in Gaza and wants to drag Israel into a ground offensive in the Strip. An Israeli offensive in Gaza would deflect the world’s attention away from Iran’s weapons program, as everyone from the U.N., E.U., U.S., and the Arab League would be focused on Israel. This would buy Tehran more time to build nuclear bombs.”
It’s well known that Iran is a chief funder of global terrorism. In the event that Israel is forced to launch an offensive in Gaza, let’s hope and pray the world keeps this in mind, and remembers who the good guys and bad guys are in the region.