Two Israelis were killed in a terrorist shooting in the Jordan Valley on Friday morning. IDF officials said an Israeli vehicle came under terrorist gunfire, seriously wounding three passengers. Rescue officials pronounced two of the victims dead at the scene a short time later.
A manhunt has been launched for the shooter or shooters, who escaped into Palestinian Authority-controlled territory.
The shooting adds to an already tense Passover season that saw large rocket attacks on the Jewish state as Israelis celebrated the start of the biblical festival on Wednesday evening.
Terrorist forces in the Gaza Strip launched dozens of rockets at southern Israel on Wednesday and Thursday, making the holiday anything but peaceful for those living in the region.
Overnight between Wednesday and Thursday, at least 34 missiles were fired from Lebanon at northern Israel. It was later discovered that these, too, were fired by Hamas forces, under the auspices of the Hezbollah terrorist militia, which controls southern Lebanon.
The barrages caused some damage and a few minor injuries among Israelis. The Iron Dome missile defense shield intercepted a large number of the terrorist projectiles.
The IDF has responded in a very limited manner to the attacks, but many Israelis say not enough is being done.
And now international pressure for Israel not to escalate its response is building. But if it doesn’t, then Hamas, Hezbollah and other dangerous enemies will be encouraged. The next 24 hours should tell whether or not we are heading to war.
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