The violent reaction everyone predicted happened Tuesday night when Hamas-aligned terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket at Israel over the visit early in the day by National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
The single rocket failed to reach Israeli territory and landed inside Gaza, apparently in an open area, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
Palestinians threatened violence ahead of Ben-Gvir’s visit. They insist that the presence of Jews on the Temple Mount “defiles” what Muslims today claim to be Islam’s third holiest site.
None of the Gaza-based terror groups claimed responsibility for the launch.
The Israeli military did not indicate it fired back in retaliation. The IDF typically does not respond to rocket fire that fails to reach Israel.
Gaza terrorists used an alleged threat to Muslim sovereignty on the Temple Mount as a pretext to launch a massive rocket assault that resulted in the March 2021 war known as “Operation Guardian of the Walls.”
Weapons, Israeli army uniforms seized in counter-terror raids
Israeli security forces arrested 12 Palestinian terror suspects in counterterror raids around Judea and Samaria on Tuesday night.
Ammunition and Israeli army uniforms were seized in the village of Shuweika, in Samaria. Two Palestinians were arrested.
Shots were fired on soldiers who returned fire in Qabatiya, near Jenin. One soldier was lightly injured. One of the Palestinians arrested tried to steal a soldier’s gun.
Soldiers arresting fugitives in the Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah and the Ein el-Sultan refugee camp near Jericho used riot control measures to disperse crowds of Palestinians throwing rocks and burning tires. Both camps are administered by the United Nations.
In an ongoing sweep against terror in Judea and Samaria, the IDF has thwarted 500 terror attacks and arrested more than 2,500 suspects. Operation Wave Breaker was launched by the IDF following a surge of Palestinian terror attacks in the spring of 2022 which killed 19 people.
Overall, 31 people were killed in Palestinian terror attacks in 2022.
With reporting by TPS.
Russian foreign minister, Israeli counterpart discuss bilateral ties
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday congratulated Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen on his inauguration, according to a statement from the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
During their telephone discussion, the two ministers discussed a series of bilateral and regional issues, according to the statement. Cohen spoke “extensively” about Russia’s Jewish community and ex-Soviet expatriates in Israel and their importance to relations between the countries, to the ministry.
The call from Lavrov came a day after Cohen was strongly criticized for his remarks on the Russia-Ukraine war during his inaugural speech at the Foreign Ministry.
With regard to the ongoing conflict, Cohen said, “We will do one thing for sure—in public, we will talk less.” He added that humanitarian aid to Ukraine would continue.
US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) chastised Cohen, tweeting on Monday, “I’m glad to see Mr. Cohen, the new Israeli foreign minister, is prioritizing the US-Israel strategic relationship and supports continued humanitarian aid to #Ukraine.”
“However, the idea that Israel should speak less about Russia’s criminal invasion of Ukraine is a bit unnerving. I hope Mr. Cohen understands that when he speaks to Russia’s [Foreign Minister Sergei] Lavrov, he’s speaking to a representative of a war criminal regime that commits war crimes on an industrial scale every day.”
He added: “To stay quiet about Russia’s criminal behavior will not age well.”
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