Almost immediately following Prime Minister Netanyahu’s press conference where he laid out his plan to assert Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley, Hamas launched a rocket into Ashdod, where Netanyahu was speaking on Tuesday.
Admitting that it was a targeted attack, the Prime Minister stated: “if Hamas is shooting at us in the middle of a Likud event, then it seems as though they don’t want us here”.
As soon as the rocket was launched at Ashdod, Netanyahu was briefly whisked off of the stage only to return once the red alert siren ended shortly after 9:00 pm.
A couple of rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza, which the Iron Dome did happen to intercept. That being said, multiple rockets were also launched into Israel on Wednesday, triggering alarms in the towns of Yad Mordechai and Netiv HaAsara Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.
Palestinian media sources claim that there are injuries as a result of the Israeli tank fire. Prime Minister Netanyahu finished his speech approximately 20 minutes later.
In response to the actions of Hamas via the Gaza Strip, the IDF targeted approximately 15 Hamas targets within Gaza. Some of the targets were military warehouses being used to store and create weapons.
In the wake of these recent attacks from Gaza, PM Netanyahu’s political opponent, Benny Gantz, is now calling for more strikes in Gaza, and even deliberate assassinations.
He additionally stated, “We have two basic demands that we cannot give up on: complete quiet from the Gaza Strip and the return of our sons…After these two things happen, we can and we need to begin regional agreements and infrastructure development in Gaza. Human beings live there too.”
This is the more recent activity between Hamas and Israel, as Hamas attempted to fire a rocket into Israel on Sunday, only to have it land within their own territory.
Additionally, on Saturday, Hamas executed a drone attack near the border, which led to the IDF striking multiple other targets over the weekend.