Air raid sirens sounded across central Israel on Tuesday night as Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip fired volleys of rockets at Israeli civilian population centers.
These latest attacks mark the deepest Hamas and its allied terror groups have struck into Israel since the start of the current round of violence over a week ago.
One of the rockets reportedly hit a house in Jerusalem, and another struck the nearby town of Beit Shemesh. No injuries were reported.
Earlier in the day, Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system downed a Gaza missile over Tel Aviv.
This escalation is expected to force Israel’s hand into launching a ground operation into Gaza. Hours earlier, Israel’s government approved the call-up of 40,000 reserve soldiers in preparation to do just that.
In Gaza, Hamas officials said they welcome an Israeli incursion. The terror group has never cared much for the personal well being of Gaza’s residents, and relishes the opportunity, no matter how deadly it might be, of abducting additional Israeli soldiers.