Israeli fighters hit “a number of targets”, positions “of the Hamas terrorist organisation” in the Gaza Strip, a few hours after the launch of rockets by Palestinians Fighters against the Israeli territory, the headquarters announced via Twitter early this morning.
A rocket fired from the enclave was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system Wednesday afternoon, the Israeli army announced earlier.
In Israel’s seaside town of Ashkelon, air buzzers sounded a halt to a rally where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was speaking, who was hurriedly removed from the area, as television crews recorded.
Netanyahu returned later to continue his speech and had a warning to those who fired the rocket.
“Whoever threw [rockets] the previous time is not with us anymore,” the right-wing Israeli Prime Minister said, according to the Haaretz newspaper. “And whoever throws now will do well to start packing suitcases,” he added.
Likud today, Netanyahu’s right-wing party, is expected to cast a vote to show the leader that will lead him to the new early March 2 elections.
The most likely outcome of the vote is Netanyahu‘s re-election to Likud’s leadership. His only opponent, Gideon Saar, proves himself to be more wholehearted and honest than the Prime Minister.
Saar is apparently addressing those who want the party to enter a new era, amidst the uproar caused by accusations of corruption against Netanyahu. The incumbent prime minister failed to form a government after two previous early elections this year. With the country in deep political crisis, the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, last week approved its dissolution and the announcement of new early elections, for the third time in less than a year.