Terror attacks, rockets kill several in S. Israel

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Why so much Israel news? God always meant Israel to be an example to the nations, an example of His righteousness, His justice, His mercy, His love. She is also a signpost. Consider this. Zion, God’s other name of Jerusalem, means “signpost.”Messiah draws nigh. The events in Zion speak to that.

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All was mostly quiet until Thursday, when a coordinated triple-attack in the far south of Israel started a domino effect. The Israeli army responded by quickly chasing down and killing some of the assailants. Rockets began to fly out of Gaza into the cities of south Israel. The Israeli air force flew sorties over Gaza, bombing militant holds and killing a militant leader. More rockets ensued. As I write, reports have more than 80 rockets fired from Gaza in less than three days. Saturday night, one hit a house, killing a man and wounding a 9-month-old baby.

At right is a map to give you a geographical perspective. The rockets are coming out of the Gaza strip. The fatal strike on a home was in Beer’sheva nearly 30 miles away. Rockets have also hit Ashkelon and Ashdod.

The Arab League, meanwhile, has called an emergency meeting for Sunday. Nabil Shaath, a senior member of Abbas’ Fatah party, earlier called the air strikes on Gaza a “war crime.”

Hamas is saying the cease-fire called in 2009 is over. Others say that the initial attacks near Eliat by Popular Resistance Committees shows that Hamas is losing control in Gaza.

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