Palestinians carry body of senior local leader of the Islamic Jihad militant group Hafez Hamad during his funeral in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.
In the last week, Hamas has fired over 200 rockets towards the Israeli civilian population. That number will have surely risen by the time this piece is published. Hamas has, this week, displayed an unprecedented range, with their missiles reaching as far north as Zichron Ya'akov, and interrupting the daily routine of citizens in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel’s two most populous cities.
Hamas has also seen fit to engage in psychological warfare, releasing propaganda videos warning the residents of the south of their imminent doom. The range and frequency with which Hamas has been attempting to murder the civilian population of Israel is certainly cause for alarm, and absolutely no country could possibly be expected to suffer such a brazen violation of its sovereignty, or threat to its citizens. It should be noted, however, that for all of the noise that Hamas has made about its ability and determination to employ this latest barrage to bring Israel to her proverbial knees, 200 rockets in one week have not caused a single casualty on the Israeli side.