Israeli youth fires his own 'Kassam' rocket

Friday, June 20, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

Fed up with ongoing Palestinian rocket attacks on southern Israel, an Israeli yeshiva student in Samaria on Friday launched his own crude, homemade rocket at a nearby Arab village.

The rocket landed in an open field outside the Arab village, and did not cause any injuries.

Israeli police launched an investigation to find out the identify of the student, and any other accomplices he may have had in building the rocket. According to other members of the yeshiva, the student responsible learned how to build the rocket on the Internet.

In related news, a ceasefire between Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip entered its second day on Friday. Gaza-based terrorist rocket crews continued to hold their fire, while most Israelis continued to view the truce with great suspicion.

As the ceasefire went into effect on Thursday morning, a number of Israeli politicians and not a few army officials criticized the decision to provide Hamas and its allied terror groups with respite when Israel knew full well the Palestinians would use the calm to rearm and regroup for future violence.

Islamic Jihad terrorists on Friday imposed additional ceasefire conditions on Israel, stating that they now viewed the truce to also include Judea and Samaria. Any further Israeli anti-terror operations in those areas would be viewed as a violation of the ceasefire deal, warned the group's leaders.

The Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that Israel agreed to did not include Judea and Samaria, though Israel did say it would extend the truce to those areas if calm was maintained in Gaza for at least a week. Israeli defense officials have warned that while successful terrorist attacks have been few in recent months, terrorists in Judea and Samaria continue to plot and plan attacks with unreduced frequency. The only thing keeping those terrorists from reaching nearby Israeli population centers is ongoing Israeli military action.

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