The Israeli Defense Forces confirmed today that three rockets were fired from Gaza on Be’er Sheva, one of the largest cities in the south of Israel, just hours before a ceasefire deal was to be signed by both parties in Cairo.
Fortunately, the rockets fell in open areas between Netivot and Be’er Sheva and no injuries or damage were reported. This is the second time Israel has come under fire from Hamas during a supposed quiet period. On Thursday, eight rockets were fired at the Jewish State in defiance of the agreed truce.
Obviously, Israel can’t let this breach to their security go unnoticed or unpunished and Prime Minister Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have ordered the IDF to respond to the rocket fire.
Reuters reported today that as of this morning, the indirect negotiations in Cairo, between Hamas and Israel, were going well as the sides struggled to hash out a long term deal that would bring permanent quiet to Israel’s southern residents as well as the people of Gaza.
Israel announced just before the three rockets were fired today that it had agreed to extend the temporary truce for another 24 hours while the two sides tried to reach an agreement.
In terms of a response to the incessant fire on Israel from Hamas Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, told reporters:
“We are prepared for every scenario. The IDF has made arrangements for a forceful response if the fighting resumes. In the Middle East you need a combination of force and resilience. The IDF has the necessary force, and the ‘eternal people’ have proved they are not afraid of a winding road. The combination of perseverance and fortitude will help us reach the aim of the operation – security and safety for all Israelis.”
Under the circumstances, a lasting agreement between Israel and Hamas is looking less likely.