Following a suspected Hamas rocket attack on Israel on Monday, Israeli Air Force jets blew up two concealed rocket launchers located in Palestinian territory on the Gaza Strip, according to Israel's security officials. It's suspected that the attacks are part of an effort by Hamas to derail the peace talks between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.
One of the alleged Hamas rockets was intercepted by the "Iron Dome" missile defense system near the city Israeli city of Ashkelon. Security forces are searching the area for the additional unexploded rocket.
On Sunday, a mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip landed in Israel near the border security fence in the Gaza Strip.
IDF spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner stated on Twitter, “This targeted strike is an immediate response to the terrorist aggression and its infrastructure in Gaza. Hamas must take responsibility for these actions or pay the price for inaction.”
Hamas' leader Ismail Haniyeh has repeatedly called for an end to the peace process. He is urging Arabs and Muslims to prepare for the next intifada (uprising) against Israel.
In a speech on Oct. 19, 2013, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called for an end to peace negotiations with Israel, warning that “thousands of fighters above ground and thousands of fighters underground have been preparing in silence for the campaign to liberate Palestine.”
Speaking from the Gaza Strip, Haniyeh called on Arabs and Muslims worldwide to prepare for the “big al-Aqsa Intifada” and warned of the “fire and rage” that Israel will soon endure.
Since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, terrorists have fired more than 8,000 rockets into Israel. Over one million Israelis are currently living under threat of rocket attacks.
More than half a million Israelis have less than 60 seconds to find shelter after a rocket is launched from Gaza into Israel. Most rockets launched from Gaza into Israel are capable of reaching Israel’s biggest southern cities.