The southern Israel town of Sderot and surrounding communities have been hit by more than 125 Palestinian rockets since last Tuesday, according to an Israel Police report on Sunday morning.
Hamas terrorists are firing the rockets from positions in the nearby Gaza Strip, which Israel pulled its forces out of in 2005. Despite security pledges made at that time, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of the rival Fatah movement has done little or nothing to curb the rocket fire.
Thousands of Sderot residents have fled the town in recent days, and say they will not return until the government does something to guarantee the safety of their children.
"We're not going back until there's quiet and our children's lives aren't in danger," one mother told Israel National News.
Former justice minister Tommy Lapid later said that the ongoing rocket fire and the Palestinian Authority's failure to do anything about it had scuttled any short-term hopes for peace.
"The more we give in to them, the more aggressive they become," said Lapid. He insisted that Israel not repeat the mistake of the Gaza pullout in Judea and Samaria.