Iron Dome Downs Gaza Missiles in Day of Violence

Thursday, January 16, 2014 |  Israel Today Staff

It was a violent day in the Land of Israel on Wednesday, as Palestinian extremists attacked Jews in several incidents across the country.

Down south, terrorists operating out of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip fired five missiles at the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon late Wednesday night. Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system managed to intercept all five projectiles. Terrorists fired three more missiles, but they all landed inside Gaza.

Israel's Air Force responded to the attack by launching a wave of pinpoint strikes against Hamas and other terrorist targets in Gaza. Palestinian sources said five people were injured in the reprisals.

In Judea and Samaria (the so-called "West Bank"), Jewish motorists came under deadly attack.

Near Nablus (biblical Shechem), Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a Jewish vehicle, causing damage, but no casualties. In the vicinity of Hebron, Arab youth hurled stones at another Jewish motorists. A similar attack was responsible for the deaths of a Jewish father and his baby son last year.

Also south of Hebron, a Jewish vehicle was attacked with a firebomb late Wednesday evening.

Earlier on Wednesday, Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency announced that an operation carried out last month had foiled the abduction of several Israelis. The kidnappings were being planned and coordinated by three Hamas-affiliated terrorists currently sitting in Israeli jails, the same kind of prisoners Israel regularly releases as "goodwill gestures" toward the Palestinian leadership.

On Tuesday, Israel National News reports that Rabbi Yitzhak Cohen - whose son, Neria, was killed in the 2008 terrorist infiltration of the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva in Jerusalem - came under attack by stone-throwing Arab teenagers while attempting to visit his son's grave on the Mount of Olives.

Cohen recounted that for over 40 minutes he, his wife and his other children were chased and assaulted by the Arab youth. Finally cornered, Cohen drew his firearm to scare off the attackers. He was highly critical of police, who regularly fail to prevent Arab violence in the area.

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