Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip fired two rockets into southern Israel on Tuesday, one of which slammed into the storage room of a local kindergarten.
The kindergarten reportedly sustained serious damage, but fortunately there were no casualties as the attack took place after school hours.
Israel responded with an aerial assault on terrorist targets in Gaza, including a tunnel that was being dug under the Gaza security fence in order to facilitate a terrorist infiltration of southern Israel.
Tuesday's rocket fire was a continuation of the escalating attacks emanating from Gaza over the past two months.
Israeli Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the situation in Gaza will soon necessitate a large-scale military operation.
"Eventually we will have to employ operational activity," said Gantz, promising that the next Gaza incursion will be premeditated, organized and swift.
"For the next clash we will need to shorten the combat duration as much as possible. This depends on high quality
intelligence and fast operational activity, which is why we must be prepared," the army chief explained.
Israel's last large-scale incursion into Gaza in December 2008-January 2009 was a spontaneous operation that quickly became mired in brutal street combat that provided far too many opportunities for Hamas and its international supporters to propagate allegations of Israeli abuses.
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