War returns to Gaza
IAF jets struck a weapon manufacturing site in the Rafah area late on Wednesday night, in response to a Kassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel several hours earlier.There are not any calls for restraint at this point. Israel has also attacked the weapons tunnels into Gaza from Egypt. Hamas has also refused to return the kidnapped Israeli soldier which was a key demand for reopening the border crossings.
It was the IDF's first attack on a building inside the Strip since the end of Operation Cast Lead.
The Kassam was fired at southern Israel a day after Gaza operatives breached the cease-fire with a deadly bomb attack along the border.
The rocket hit an open area in the Eshkol region, causing no casualties or damage.
Following the rocket attack, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said that Israel will respond to every act of aggression, also to rockets fired at open areas.
Haim Yalin, head of the Eshkol Regional Council, told The Jerusalem Post that the rocket represented a moment of truth for the government, and called for a firm response to avert the next war.
"We have now reached that stage. If the government fails to respond, and says the rocket was fired by a marginal group, we will be faced with another war soon. If we respond as we should, then we can hopefully spare ourselves another war," he added.
The bad faith of the Hamas death cult remains evident and I expect there will be more hostilities.
At this point the Israeli strikes do appear to be tit for tat rather than as a part of some offensive effort.