Palestinian terrorists are intensifying their assault on Israel, this time launching two Qassam rockets from Gaza into the western Negev late Tuesday afternoon. Israel National News reports that one rocket hit a local kindergarten, and while no physical injuries were sustained in the attack, the school was badly damaged. If the school had not already closed for the day, the attack would have resulted in a devastating loss of life.
INN reports that the other rocket detonated in an open area in the western Negev, adding:
The rocket attacks mark a continuation of the airstrikes-for-rocket-attacks paradigm that has defined Israel's poor security situation in the south for many years.
Earlier on Tuesday, IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee a resumption of rocket fire from Gaza would necessitate a major operation aimed at changing strategic realities vis-a-vis Hamas and its terror allies in Gaza.
However, Gantz also balked at a prolonged operation, which many analysts say would be required for an operation to have a lasting impact on Gaza's terror infrastructure.
“We will need to shorten the length of fighting as much as possible," Gantz said.
The news of a Qassam rocket striking an Israeli school is perhaps not shocking, however, as Palestinian militants have a track-record of launching their assaults at civilian targets, and often from within civilian locations.