Two or possibly three rockets launched from Gaza today have struck open ground near Tel Aviv and the sea off Jaffa port. Islamic Jihad have claimed responsibility but folk are blaming Hamas anyway. Earlier today, other rockets killed three Israeli civilians and wounded two IDF soldiers.
If only Gaza had iron Dome too – maybe 15 wouldn’t be dead and over fifty injured there from the 250 airstrikes and shellings the IDF has conducted since the airstrike that assasssinated Ahmed Jabari. There’s little doubt about who started this latest round of attacks.
This escalation in the unequal rockets versus airstrikes war between groups in Gaza and the Israeli Defense Force makes a ground invasion of Gaza a whole lot more likely – and various sources are reporting that the IDF is taking the first steps in making it happen.
IDF Chief Binyamin Gantz is convening a meeting of his general staff, Israel Radio reports. The possibility of a ground invasion of Gaza appears to be on the table.
This morning, Reuters’ Dan Williams was writing that Israel didn’t seem to want to escalate to a ground attack. With rockets over Tel Aviv, that calculus will surely change and more innocents on both sides will suffer.
Netanyahu calls shelling Tel Aviv a war crime. It is exactly what bombing Gaza City is.
— Michael J Rosenberg (@MJayRosenberg) November 15, 2012
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) November 15, 2012
MoD Barak authorized the mobilization of 30,000 reservists as part of broadening the Gaza operation. Ground campaign here we go
— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) November 15, 2012