Israel’s Jets Strikes Gaza in Response to Rocket Fire ‘Ordered by Meshaal’

 

 

Unnamed Israeli security source claims the  rocket attack which broke ceasefire, was ordered directly by Hamas head Khaled Meshaal.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

The Israeli Air Force has struck terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire this afternoon, following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s order to strike back hard against the perpetrators.

Sources in Gaza reported at least one IAF strike on an open area, which did not cause any injuries. It is possible the target was the site from where the rockets were launched, although this has not been confirmed.

According to Palestinian Arab media reports cited by Walla!, the Israeli airstrike response focused on the Gaza neighborhood of Zeitoun.

An IDF spokesman said: “The IDF was prepared for this possibility and is determined to protect the security of the residents of the State of Israel.

Earlier Tuesday, At least three rockets were fired towards the southern Israeli city of Be’er Sheva, hours before the end of a 24-hour extension to a five-day truce declared last week.

In an even more explosive development, an unnamed security source told Walla! news site the rocket attack was ordered directly by Hamas’s Qatar-based head Khaled Meshaal. The source claimed Meshaal had bypassed Hamas’s official “military wing”, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, and ordered a specially-assigned unit of Hamas operatives answerable directly to him to launch the attack.

The source claimed Meshaal was aiming to sabotage negotiations for a long-term truce in Cairo, which were not going his way.

His plan may have worked: apart from the air strike in the last few minutes Prime Minister Netanyahu has ordered Israel’s delegation to the talks in Cairo to return to Israel, effectively putting an end to talks there.

Weighing in on the rockets, Eshkol Regional Council head Chaim Yelin remarked: “who expected anything else? This is the language of Hamas. A language that for 14 years the state of Israel apparently hasn’t understood.”

 

View original Arutz Sheva publication at: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/184198#.U_NbXWOTnKB

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