Wednesday War News: Operation Cast Lead — Day 5 – IDF Strikes 35 Hamas Targets but Terror Rocket Bombardment Continues Deeper into Israel Hitting Beersheva, Barak Takes Heat for Suggesting 48 Hour Suspension; IDF Nabs 24 Terrorists

Hamas Steps up Bombardment of Beersheba; Empty School Hit, by Yaakov Katz (Jerusalem Post)

Katyushas Blast Be’er Sheva; Warning System Fails, by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu (Israel National News)

Schools Closed in Be’er Sheva

Rockets Fall in Ashdod, Sderot, Ashkelon [and Sha’ar Hanegev area]

Grad Rocket Hits Route 6; No Wounded

[48 Hour Suspension of Operation] Analysis: A Head-Spinning Time-Out?, by David Horowitz (Jerusalem Post)

Amir Oren [of Haaretz] Slams Barak for Cease Fire Remarks, by Dr. Aaron Lerner (IMRA)


He [Barak] did not explain the connection between the stable, long-term cease-fire whose achievement – and nothing else – would justify ending the operation, and a limited cease-fire called solely to enable negotiations on the larger cease-fire. The opposition he aroused from his colleagues in the government and senior defense officials managed to put the weaknesses of the group that will decide the operation’s future at the top of the agenda.

Kassam Strikes Open Area Outside of Sderot; No Wounded Reported

Summary of Overnight Events (IDF Spokesperson)

IDF Strikes 35 Hamas Targets in Gaza Overnight

Air Force Bombs Haniyeh’s Offices for Second Time

Terrorists Fire Rockets at Kiryat Malachi [Kiryat Gat] Area; No Casualties

Ofakim Hit by Rockets for Second Time; No Wounded Reported

Palestinians Fire Grad Rocket at Netivot; No Casualties

Grad Rocket Strikes South of Beersheba; No Wounded Reported

Analysis: Air Power Alone Won’t Force the Hamas Response that Israel Wants [Hamas Mobility, Possible Tactical Surprises to Confront Ground Incursion], by Jeffrey White (Jerusalem Post)

Absorption Ministry Opens Emergency Hotline for New Immigrants

Full Text;

The Absorption Ministry activated an emergency hotline on Wednesday to provide new immigrants with information about emergency procedures in various different languages.

The number of the hotline is: 1255-081010, and the languages callers can choose from are: English, Russian, Spanish, Amharic, French, and Hebrew.

IDF Bombs Grad Launcher, Terrorist Cell Responsible for Beersheba Rockets

IDF Troops Arrest 22 Palestinian [Terrorist] Fugitives

Police Arrest Two [Arab] Rock Throwers [Near Highway 85]

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