Jerusalem, March 13 – More than a dozen rockets and mortars targeted Israeli homes on Tuesday, despite the declaration of a halt to the attacks by Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.
Gaza-based terror organizations have fired at least 160 rockets and mortars since they began their latest aerial assault on Israeli cities and villages on March 9. They have fired more than 13,000 projectiles during the past decade.
Israel holds Hamas responsible for all attacks emanating from the coastal enclave. The Iranian-backed group seized absolute power of the strip in 2007 after a bloody coup in which it removed the Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Another Iranian-sponsored movement, Islamic Jihad, has been behind much of the latest terrorism against Israeli citizens. The organization is committed to Israel’s destruction.
Despite the threat to some one-million Israelis, schools are likely to reopen on March 14, according to Education Minister Gideon Saar, who toured the Gaza-border region today.
“It’s in our interest to return to routine as soon as possible. Going back to school is at the core of the return to normalcy,” he said.
While there are reports of an Egyptian-sponsored ceasefire, Islamist terror groups make it clear they can never agree to a ceasefire with Israel. For them, any calm or lull is merely a temporary stage before they move to wipe Israel off the map.