How can Israel respond to rocket fire? — editorial

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Hamas has a history of using rocket attacks on Israel to get what it wants. This time, as an election ploy. Last November, when two rockets fired from Gaza landed in Israel, they were initially attributed to a “mishap” — possibly triggered by lightning during stormy weather. There is no such excuse for the 40 or so rockets launched on Israel by Hamas over the weekend — some 30 within a few hours. This represents a serious escalation of the situation regarding Gaza. New UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland issued a statement noting, “The indiscriminate launching of rockets toward Israeli population centers violates international law and must stop immediately.” However, Wennesland, in an attempt at moral equivalency, could not resist adding, “The provocative acts across Jerusalem must cease” before saying, “I condemn all such acts of violence and I reiterate my call upon all sides to exercise maximum restraint and avoid further escalation, particularly during the Holy month of Ramadan and this politically charged time for all.”

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