Jerusalem, Feb. 2 – Gaza-based terrorists fired at least eight rockets late Wednesday (Feb. 1) as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Palestinian enclave.
Israel holds Hamas responsible for all rockets and other attacks emanating from Gaza. Hamas has had absolute control over the territory since it seized power from the Palestinian Fatah party in a bloody coup in 2007.
With funding from Iran, Hamas and other terror organizations have fired in excess of 12,000 rockets towards Israeli homes in a decade.
The renewal of violence this week came as Ban arrived in the Middle East to try to persuade the Palestinian Authority not to turn its back on the peace process.
“I continue to believe that a two-state solution can be achieved – and that the way to achieve it is through negotiations that resolve permanent status issues,” he said on Wednesday.
This approach is also Israeli government policy.
“The signs are not particularly good but I hope that they will come around and continue the talks so that we might advance toward real negotiations,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet colleagues on Jan. 29.
Hamas is opposed to peace talks with Israel and calls for the destruction of the Jewish state. The Palestinian Authority, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, is currently negotiating a power-sharing deal with Hamas.