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As Israel Signs Peace Deal, Palestinians Fire Rockets

September 16, 2020

by: Ilse Strauss

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The scene of the rocket strike in Ashdod

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 | Many around the world celebrated alongside Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain when high-level representatives from the three countries met at the White House yesterday for the official signing ceremony of the historic Abraham Accords. Yet not everybody was equally pleased about the landmark peace deal between the Jewish and Arab states.

As the UAE foreign minister delivered his opening remarks, the Palestinians made their feelings about peace in the region crystal clear by firing a pair of missiles on the southern cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod, giving hundreds of thousands of Israelis 15 seconds to scramble for the safety of a bomb shelter.

The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted one of the projectiles, while the second struck a street in Ashdod, injuring two and causing damage.

Yet the Palestinian terrorists were not done for the night.

The ink was scarcely dry on the treaty documents when the Palestinians rained down a second barrage of 13 rockets on southern Israel.

According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the second wave of attacks came in the predawn hours this morning and sent sirens wailing at least five times in half an hour. The Iron Dome shot down eight of the projectiles, while the remaining five likely struck open areas, causing no damage or injuries.

The IDF responded with two rounds of retaliatory strikes on Gaza. The first came in response to the initial pair of rockets fired late last night, while the second answered the volley of 13 rockets fired in the predawn hours.

Last night’s attacks mark the first outbreak of violence since an unofficial cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas brought a nearly month-long cycle of back-and-forth strikes and counterstrikes to an end late last month. It is also the largest volley of rockets fired on Israel since February.   

Neither Hamas—the terror group ruling the Gaza Strip—nor Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)—the second largest terror group operating in the coastal enclave—accepted responsibility. However, both organizations publically stated their support, which the Times of Israel says implies that they implicitly greenlighted the strikes to coincide with the signing of the peace accords.

The Jerusalem Post argues, however, that the real culprit behind the rockets raining down on Israel last night is Iran, the terror puppet master pulling the strings of both Hamas and PIJ.

Iran, writes Seth Franztman, hovered in the “shadow of the peace deal” last night and may have had “advance knowledge of the strikes.”

Yet perhaps the main takeaway from last night is not so much the fact that rockets were fired, who fired them or who gave the order to flip the switch. Last night simply proved—yet again—that the Palestinians and their terror overlords in Tehran will always choose the destruction of Israel over peace in the region.

Posted on September 16, 2020

Source: (Bridges for Peace, September 16, 2020)

Photo Credit: Micky Rosenfeld/Police foreign press spokesman