Who said anyone in Gaza is smart?

Islamic Jihad put out an announcement saying that they refuse to consider a cease-fire from their rocket attacks. And the reason seems to be that they think that they are winning.

The Al-Quds Brigades military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, Saraya …announced its responsibility for the bombing of targets with missiles named “Locusts” and “Jerusalem” and “107” and mortars. The number of rockets and missiles launched by Saraya since the start of the aggression is now more than 180.

The Al-Quds Brigades in several separate military communications, said the harvest of jihad in the ongoing battle with the enemy for a fourth day in a row came as follows:
– Q 2:50 dawn: the bombing of the city of Ashkelon with a Jerusalem rocket.
– 3:10 am Q: the bombing of the city of Beersheba Grad rocket.
– 3:20 am Q: Beersheba bombing Grad rocket.
– Q 4:00: the bombing of a gathering of the mechanisms of Zionism within the site Kissufim mortar with 3 120 mm.
– Q 7:30: the bombing of the Sufa crossing a missile 107.
– Q 9:30: the bombing of the city of Beersheba, occupied by 3 Grad rockets.
– Q 9:40: the bombing of military site Kerem Shalom with 3 mortars.
– 10:15 Q: the bombing of the occupied city of Ashdod with a Grad rocket.
– 10:30 Q: the bombing of a military post east of Beit Hanoun by two mortars.
– 11:20 Q: bombing a missile complex in Eshkol with a 107.
– 12:30 Q: bombing site Nahal Oz with 3 missiles, “107.”
– 12:40 Q: occupied Beersheba bombing by 3 Grad rockets.
– 1:15 pm: City of Gan Yavne bombing with a Grad.

Al-Quds Brigades confirmed that there is no truce with the Zionist enemy, and that the battle is still open and ongoing. It stressed to move forward on the approach of the martyrs and the resistance until the liberation of the entire territory of Palestine from the sea to the river.

The “Al-Quds Brigades” military wing of Islamic Jihad still leads the field of resistance and confrontation, and made enormous sacrifices of the finest Mujahideen and fighters, and managed thanks to God to shoot to the occupation more than 170 rockets and shells since the start of the Zionist aggression on the Gaza Strip.

On the other hand the life in cities and Zionist settlements is now non-existent, and millions of Zionist usurpers are still inside the shelters, for the fourth consecutive day, out of fear and horror of the blessed rockets of the Quds Brigades, that have turned their nights into day, and towns into ghost towns, amid the continuing enemy leaders begging for calm demanding the return of calm and cease missiles, and this is what Al-Quds Brigades rejects out of hand, to not allow the enemy to pay themselves with the blood of the Mujahideen and their leaders and heroes of the resistance, whenever he pleases.

For its part, the leadership of “Al-Quds Brigades” military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine will continue its jihad at all costs, in light of the Zionist escalation of the Gaza Strip, and will not talk about calm at all.

The command said in a statement to Al Saraya yesterday that the bombing would be met by bombing and to step up the escalation will be met, and will continue to respond to crimes of the occupation against the Mujahideen and their leaders and heroes of the Palestinian resistance. She added that the morale of the hero fighters are at the highest levels.

Islamic Jihad stresses that she has the means to survive and continue, warning the occupation against going too far in his crimes against the militants in the Gaza Strip. And at the same time it denied the rumors of the news of a calm that was to enter into force at 12 last night.

The Islamic Jihad websites are filled with contradictory articles about how the Zionists are being forced to run to shelters and stay away from school, while at the same time they are performing war crimes on the citizens of Gaza.

Here are the brave mujahadeen who are too afraid to show their faces at a press conference:

From the IDF:

This morning, Palestinian terrorists fired three mortars on the Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom crossing. The mortars struck a truck and a van on their way to deliver goods to the people of Gaza. Following the shooting, activity at the crossing was suspended for just a few minutes. After evaluating the situation, it was decided to continue operations at the crossing, where goods continue to be transferred from Israel into the Gaza Strip.

Yesterday, over 180 trucks of goods were transferred from Israel to Gaza.

COGAT adds:

The mortars hit the Palestinian side of the crossing and hit a Palestinian truck that transfers goods from Israel to Gaza Strip, also the Palestinian crossing manager car was hit.

As today’s Israel Daily News Stream goes to press, here are the most recent updates on the Israel-Gaza fighting.

  1. Northernmost strike yet: Grad lands near Gadera
  2. Beersheva Under Fire: “It’s Like Living in a Jungle”
  3. Sirens Wail Farther North, Near Rehovot

•  Times of London botch up accuses Israel of firing rockets at Gaza.

• Palestinian rocket hits empty Beersheva school. IDF to Haaretz: Iron Dome ain’t flawless.

• Thumbs up to Avi Meyer who debunked two photos circulating on social media. One was even trending on Twitter. Unfortunately, the photos are still floating around.

HonestReporting has learned that the false tweeter, Khulood Badawi, is the  Information and Media Coordinator for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

HonestReporting CEO Joe Hyams says:

The halo-effect enjoyed by the UN, where the public trusts the integrity of its staff and its Mission, demands higher professional standards than we are seeing. The UN owes the public, no less than this young girl’s family, an apology. The immediate dismissal of Khulood Badawi on the grounds of incitement is expected.

• Tit-For-Tat/Cycle of Violence Watch:

1. “The comments suggested little hope of a quick end to the clashes, which began on Friday afternoon with Israel’s killing of the chief of the Popular Resistance Committees militant group, and quickly spiralled into tit-for-tat violence.”

2.The cycle began with the targeted assassination by Israel of a Palestinian militant who it says was planning an attack.”

3. “But Israel warned the tit-for-tat strikes were likely to continue for the next few days.”

Ashdod paralyzed. Is Tel Aviv next?

• Rockets are reaching as far as Ashdod and Beersheva, but The Scotsman thinks it’s just border violence.

• Despite Patrick Martin’s tone, I’m glad to see the IDF took precautions before taking out al-Qaissi. The Popular Resistance Committee doesn’t do anything to protect Gaza civilians ahead of their attacks. The Globe & Mail correspondent writes:

In reporting the assassination of Mr. al-Qaissi late on Friday, Israeli officials said he was in the final stages of preparing an attack on Israel and his killing was in order to foil an immediate threat. Yet Israel must have known for some time that it was going to find that immediate threat on Friday, since Israel’s southern military command deployed the Iron Dome batteries and filled the area around Gaza with a large number of unmanned observation aircraft well in advance, knowing full well the kind of response the killing would trigger.

• Don’t think Iron Dome’s rave reviews will embolden Israel to attack Iran. Israelis in the know told Time:

Experts caution, however, that the skies are not nearly so clear as they seem.  Israel has only three Iron Dome batteries, enough only to protect the cities closest to Gaza (Ashkelon, Ashdod and Be’er Sheva).  At least three times as many would be needed to shield other population centers, and even with a special grant from Washington only three more are in the pipeline, for a total of six.

Nor is Israel’s umbrella against medium-range missiles yet on line. That system, known both as Magic Wand and David’s Sling,  is due to deploy in about a year.  It would aim to stop missiles fired from beyond about 50 miles, the outer range of Iron Dome.  A third system, dubbed Arrow and already in operation, is designed to intercept ballistic missiles such as Iran’s Shahab-3 . . .

Nor is it clear how well Iron Dome would perform in genuinely warlike conditions – that is, with missile barrages not in the dozens, but in the hundreds or even thousands.




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