Palestinian terrorists launched a Kassam rocket into Israel from the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday. The rocket landed in an open area in the western part of the Negev and there were no reports of injuries or damage.
Despite a cease-fire agreed upon by Israel and the Palestinians four months ago, terrorists have continued to fire Kassam rockets at Israel. Since the truce, more than 200 rockets have been fired at Israel with 150 of them landing on Israeli territory.
Last week, for the first time since November, Israeli troops entered Gaza and thwarted a rocket attack when it uncovered a launching cell.
Defense Minister Amir Peretz said Israel would not allow terror organizations in the Gaza Strip to continue strengthening. He added that the Israeli army was permitted to strike any Kassam launching cell.
The defense establishment is not only dealing with the Kassam rockets, but also terrorist organizations in Gaza arming themselves with advanced weapons. There are questions of when and how an additional operation would be carried out in the Gaza Strip.
“Everyone says that we must not let the situation in southern Lebanon repeat itself,” a security source said. “In the end we will have to stand behind our words.”