By Ezra HaLevi Arutz Sheva November 29, 2005
As Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s new Kadima Party announced its platform
of partitioning the Land of Israel Monday, Arab terror attacks surged across
Kassam rockets fired from PA-controlled Gaza slammed into a field near a
southern Israeli community early in the day. No injuries resulted and the IDF
offered no response.
Later in the day, another barrage of rocket fire resulted in one rocket
damaging a home in Kibbutz Kfar Aza. Miraculously, no injuries resulted, as the
parents were visiting neighbors and the children had just entered the home as
the rocket struck the front yard. Members of the predominately left-wing
kibbutz were outraged that the Red Dawn early-warning system, installed by the
government, failed to go off prior to the rockets’ impact.
The IDF responded with 40 rounds of artillery fire toward some of the
northern Gaza launch sites. Accompanying the artillery fire was a message to
journalists that, “The IDF will respond harshly to all Palestinian rocket and
shelling attacks on Israel.” IDF officials admitted that there are orders not to
“escalate” ahead of the PA elections in January. IDF top brass have told
Knesset committees repeatedly in recent months that the planning of terror
attacks and planting of bombs have continued and increased steadily since the Gaza
Monday afternoon an IDF officer was injured during an Arab riot in Beit
Likia, west of Ramallah. An officer was hit in the face by a rock and evacuated
from the scene and hospitalized.
Monday evening a bomb was thrown at IDF forces at the Beit Merkachat
Junction in Hevron, near the Cave of the Patriarchs. No injuries were reported in
the attack and IDF forces gave chase to the terrorist.
An Israeli motorist was targeted in a firebomb attack while traveling in
Gush Etzion on Route 60 – north of Efrat, near el-Khader Junction. No injuries
Four firebombs were hurled at the Dor gas station on the main road
connecting Jerusalem and Maale Adumim. No injuries were reported.
An Arab baby was lightly injured in a rock-throwing attack on the car she
was in while traveling on the Jerusalem-Hevron highway. The attack took place
near the village of Beit Omar.
Late Monday night, dozens of Arab terrorists imprisoned in the IDF’s Ofir
Prison facility rioted. Prison officials reported they brought the situation
under control with no injuries to security personnel.