October 24th, 2012
09:02 AM ET

Israel vows punishment for rocket attacks

[Updated at 12:40 p.m.] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel "neither chose nor initiated this escalation, but if it continues we are prepared for much more extensive and deeper action. In any case, we will continue with preventative operations. Whoever intends to attack Israeli citizens needs to know that he will bear the consequences."

Defense Minister Ehud Barak toured areas hit by rockets in southern Israel and said the military "is working efficiently against all the terror elements.  Since the beginning of the month, 15 active terrorists have been killed in the act, and more have been injured."  He wished a speedy recovery to those injured by rockets fired from Gaza.  "Hamas will receive its punishment for what has happened here," he vowed, promising that Israel will "work with patience and level-headedness."

"There is no way to eliminate the hatred or hostility entrenched in Hamas. But the IDF will act on the border, from the air, and in any other necessary way in order to strike down those who attempt to cause us harm," he said.

[Updated at 9:02 a.m. ET] As dozens of Palestinian rockets rained down on southern Israel, the country's air force carried out new raids on positions in Gaza on Wednesday. Two days of air strikes have so far killed four Palestinians.

Israeli strikes have killed two Hamas militants, journalist Tala Abu Rahma reports. Nine people have been injured, including two critically, in Gaza from the air strikes.

A spokesman for Islamic Jihad said today they will respond to any and all activity by the Israeli military when the time comes.

[Posted at 3:32 a.m. ET] An Israeli air raid on Gaza early Wednesday killed a Palestinian, bringing the total killed in overnight strikes to three, health authorities said.

The attack early Wednesday near Khan Younis also seriously wounded nine people, said Ashraf al-Qidra, the spokesman of the health ministry in Gaza. It came after an airstrike late Tuesday that killed two Palestinians and seriously wounded two others.

The Israeli Defense Forces said Wednesday that the aircraft had been responding to rocket fire and that tanks had shelled "terrorist targets" in Gaza.

More than 40 rockets were fired at southern Israel from Gaza overnight, seriously wounding three people, Israeli police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said.

Israeli areas around Gaza are under heightened alert amid fears that more rockets could be launched.

The Israel Defense Forces said aircraft had targeted two rocket-launching squads in Gaza in the strike on Beit Hanoun late Tuesday. The two Palestinians killed were militants from Al-Qassam group, the military wing of Hamas, the IDF said.

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  1. John

    Israel created Hamas. Can you spell "psy-op"?

    October 24, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinke23

      Are you saying that the Palestinians ae SO DUMB that they need Israeli help to create terrorist organizations? If I was a Palestinian I would be insulted.

      October 24, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Dweeb

      Israel is a terrorist state.. they will terrorize whoever to obtain their goals.. It all started in 1948.

      November 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    tens of thousands of Palestinians have been killed since the creation of the Zionist state of Israel (not Jewish as majority of Jews would agree). As their land continues shrinking to encroaching settlers and ethenic cleansing. Apartheid.
    The world watches.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinke23

      A sovereign independent state was offered to Paleastinian Arabs in 1948 just like it was offered to the Jews. If the Arabs chose to live in pecae in their own state instead of trying to destroy the states of others no one would be killed or forced off his/her/their land. As long as the Palestinians are willing the war to continue it means that they're happy with its results.

      October 24, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Walsby

      The situation on the ground here is nothing like Apartheid. Your saying it does not change the facts.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      @Thinke, if the Israelis would have choose to live in the offered piece of land......? Then what?

      November 14, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Uri

      As someone who lived in South Africa during apartheid and post apartheid, as well as having lived in Israel, it is apparent that you don't know what the injustices of apartheid were. If white South Africa treated the black people, like the Israeli's treat the Arabs, there would never have been a world outcry. I am glad that the terrible apartheid era in South Africa ended, because that was the ethical & proper thing to have been done & I am glad that there is no apartheid in Israel. In Israel there is respect for all peoples & just like with any other country in the world, when outsiders threaten its citizens, the country takes action to protect its people (in Israel, the country protects its Jewish, Arab & Christian citizens) – nothing unusual about that and quite normal.

      November 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Dozens of home made unguided rockets 'rain' on S.Israel doing nothing as is mostly the case in response to regular strikes by IDF and raids by their artillery. Us supplied fighter jets respond from Israel.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinke23

      The "bad" Israelis do not like to play rocket games with the Palestinians. The Palestinians should find someone else to play (Egyptians? Jordanians? Lebanese?)

      October 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      They are not "home-made". They are just badly made. And if your getting this badly tuned in a war, the logical thing to do is STOP FIRING THE ROCKETS AND MAKE PEACE.

      October 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      In over 15 years a total of 14 people have died from these rockets. More people die in Israel from bee stings.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      would you accept that your kids will wake up from siren alert alert from rockets falling in 15 sec every week for 12 years already?

      November 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    What the CNN wouldn't report is that IDF raided the peace boat to Gaza as they are fond of doing to all that are unarmed. They tasered Israelis riding that boat . "Electro torture' is what it is called.
    Also what is not reported is that the unthinkable is happening in this land of ours.
    15 Christian leaders of major Protestant denominations have sent a letter to Congress asking for investigations into Israeli military human rights abuses and to tie military aid to human rights.
    This is an action initiated by Jewish Voice for Peace, incidentaly.

    October 24, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinke23

      CNN DID report that the "peace boat" trying to breach the blockade of Gaza was stopped at sea and escorted to Israel. According to the international law it is PERFECTLY LEGAL for any state (even Israel) to stop, insect and even SINK any vessel delivering supplies to the enemy during a war.

      October 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Couple of my posts were deleted. Thanks to the censors who wouldn't like some more facts posted.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Blockade of Gaza, yes. 1.7 million people made to live in appalling conditions. A war indeed. Peace loving Israelis manage to get a boat and much needed supplies to those folks and their boat is raided and those Israelis tortured.
    I am just glad the IDF didn't sink the boat. That would also be in keeping with the international law of course. Thanks you brave guys of IDF.
    What makes me proud as an American is that finally we are waking up to the reality. Brave peace loving Jews both here and in Israel are doing what the spirit of Judaism dictates not Zionism, And Christians here are joining hands. More power to them.
    Good day all.

    October 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      If the Palestinians in Gaza did not like their current conditions they would ask their leaders to NEGOTIATE A BETTER DEAL. Don't you agree, "saywhat"?

      October 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Florin Neamtu

    Thinke23
    is a Zionist hasbara paid troll.

    Israel used jets to kill Palestinians, then there's a counter-productive reply from Hamas, and the Hamas bottle rockets get wide coverage as Palestinian "terrorism" – justifying further air strikes, killing more civilians...

    All because Israel won't give up its hunger blockade of Gaza and hopes to starve and expel the native Arabs – all while crying 'antisemitism' each time they are called on their WAR CRIMES.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      Hamas took over Gaza by force and started firing rockets into Israel. Gaza is now under blockade.

      The West Bank is NOT under Hamas control, and NO rockets are being fired from the West Bank. The West Bank is NOT under blockade.

      Do you see a pattern? So what is the logical way to end the blockade? I'll help you out: Stop firing the rockets.

      October 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      100% correct, Israel entire existence is based on Victim hood. They bully and steal from their neighbors then cry victim to retaliation. The world has woken up to the Israeli "cries" no one listens anymore. They have cried wolf far too much.

      October 25, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Matt

    Hamas strategy and Palestinian strategy in general is to get beaten and seek sympathy, the Arab Spring took the focus away from the Gaza Strip. So it is not a surprise that after the Amir visits Qatar being involved in Syrian knowing of the pending ceasefire. Hamas decide to seize the opportunity to gain attention. The IRA were smart not allow the UK to bring all its force to bear on them such as air power during the troubles.

    And while the IRA had sympathy to their cause and treatment at the hand of the English. That strategy was never going to get them to the table or a deal, because it was sympathy vs military capability, the IRA had a balance with the English and the ROE, hence no air power. If your military capability is destroyed which the UK could have done to the IRA if there was a higher intensity ROE an Israel does do Hamas which provides periods of calm, then you get no sympathy because they do not have kill your people. It is a futile strategy.

    The IRA ROE changed because of support a lot of the mass bombings, and killings of NI people that worked for the British lost them support of the population, if the resistance is not seen as legitimate by the population, then SF and the IRA become irrelevant. Hamas will find in the end that get there own people killed for sympathy will make them less relevant. The fact is as it is now due to their military tactics and the blockade, they need the legitimacy that they can get from the MB in Egypt and the Qatar. Because they are unpopular, they rule the place with an iron fist, whether that support is going to be enough is the question, it is what the Palestinians think that matter as was the case with support for Assad, not popular with the cause and people Hamas are supposed to represent. Originally Hamas gain popularity via have a dual government and service delivery before even being elected, into government as IRA did in the early days, before they abandoned it.

    October 25, 2012 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. mike

    And who's punishing Israel for their illegal occupation, illegal settlements, their past war crimes including chemical weapons on civilians?

    October 25, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      In the REAL world, Mike, people (and even states) are being punished for REAL (not imaginary) crimes... You see, there is NOTHING "illegal" in occupation of the enemy territory during a war; nothing "illegal" in allowing people of certain ethnicity (in this case, the Jews) to live in certain areas while people of other ethnicity (in this case, Arabs) are allowed to live there as well; finally, using a smoke screen during a war is NOT a "crime"...

      October 25, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tal

      Hey Mike.
      Go learn your history and use facts, not your own created fiction.

      November 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dweeb

      Unfortunately... no one. And the US continues to fund their terrorism of people who are contained in an occupied territory. Like shooting fish in a barrel. :-(

      November 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Saunders

      Using that idealism then all the barbarians who are occupying North America should vacate and give OUR LAND BACK!!!!!!!!!!
      North America was Indian land before the so called Christian Nations occupied it and drove our people into enslavement!!!!!!!

      November 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gi

    The neverending story: Israle overreacts, justifies his terrible attacks on those poor people and the world watches and just does absolutely nothing about it. We are as guilty as the people firing those rockets of all the deaths...Isreal is the world's bully whom is free to act as pleased and receives no opposition. If a country dares to criticize Israel it is labeled antisemitic and so on...........like I said...neverending story

    November 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gi

    Still Obama kissess their behind...shame on him

    November 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tal

    Every Dog has its day. Good ridance. Hania – your next.

    November 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
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