"If an alarm is sounded, people in southern Israel—1 million people—have 15 seconds to find shelter. I don’t know if any of your governments will accept this reality. I cannot accept this." -- PM Netanyahu
Some simple facts about the ongoing Blitzkrieg from Gaza:
- +120 rockets have been fired at Israel this week.
- +760 rockets have been fired at Israel in 2012.
- +2500 rockets have been fired at Israel since 2009.
- Terrorists hold more than 10,000 rockets in Gaza.
- One million Israelis, 14% of the population, are under the threat of rocket fire.
- That is equivalent to 44 million U.S. citizens under the threat of rocket fire.
- Gaza terrorists targeted an IDF jeep this week, injuring four soldiers. (Video)
- Hamas rules the Gaza strip and is responsible for all that occurs in Gaza and all that is launched form there.
- Hamas, supported by Iran, has wielded authority over the Gaza Strip since 2007.
- No other state would accept a similar reality.
- The targets of the Israeli operation are all military.
- Hamas and the other terrorist organizations hide among the civilian population of Gaza. They also deliberately direct their fire at the civilian population of Israel. These acts constitute a double war crime.
- Israel will make every effort to prevent harm to the civilian population of Gaza, and regrets any injury to civilians.
- The border crossings from Israel to the Gaza Strip remain open, allowing for the routine passage of goods and humanitarian aid.
- The international community must act to stop the attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip. The message to Hamas should be clear: stop the attacks on Israel.
- Time and again, Israel has warned that it would not tolerate these attacks.
Watch the videos. It's like the Battle of Britain being reenacted in Israel.
If I were commanding the IDF, my calculus would be very simple: we will level block by block, town by town, city by city, until the attacks stop.
No other country on Earth would tolerate a million citizens fleeing for bomb shelters dozens of times per day.
It's time to draw a line in the sand. And if that line happens to be as wide as Gaza, so be it.