Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu after Eilat attack 311.
(photo credit: GPO / Avi Ohayon)
Israel will not respond to the attacks from Gaza with a large-scale
operation, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his cabinet ministers
concluded at a 3 a.m. meeting on Monday to discuss the security
Diplomatic sources expressed concern that escalation in the South could
upset Egypt and and hurt Israel at the UN vote for Palestinian statehood
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"Hamas is trying to draw Israel into fighting in the [Gaza] Strip, so as
to weaken its power in the international arena in preparation for the
Palestinian statehood decree in September," one senior diplomatic source
told Army Radio. "This way Hamas will be seen as leading the way for the
establishment of a Palestinian state."
Despite Hamas's call for a ceasefire
, they "are interested in leading to
escalation and so Israel must do all it possibly can to achieve calm,"
Palestinian rocket and mortar attacks on southern Israel resumed
Sunday evening and continued into Monday morning despite reports that the Islamist group was seeking an immediate ceasefire.
Four Kassam rockets fired from the Gaza Strip after midnight on Sunday
landed in Sderot, the Eshkol Regional Council area and on the outskirts
of Ashkelon. No injuries or damage were reported in the attacks. An
additional rocket damaged a building in the Eshkol Regional Council on
Monday morning and the Iron Dome anti-rocket shield intercepted one
rocket fired in the direction of Ashkelon.