US forces Israel to remove checkpoints, Palestinian rocket attacks increase

Thanks to Obama, more Gaza rockets hit southern Israel.

[9/16 ] As US Middle East envoy George Mitchell continued his shuttle diplomacy trying to restart the diplomatic process, the Israeli army on Wednesday began removing 100 dirt and stone roadblocks, in an effort to make life easier for Palestinians. IDF sources said the 100 roadblocks would be gone by the end of the week. JERUSALEM POST

[9/30] Palestinian terrorist forces operating out of the Gaza Strip fired two rockets into southern Israel on Tuesday evening. One of the rockets landed just outside the southern coastal city of Ashkelon, the first direct attack on that city in over two months.

Local officials blamed the attack on Israel’s decision under pressure from the US to remove Israeli army checkpoints in the area.

Israeli warplanes responded to the rocket fire by attacking Palestinian smuggling tunnels running under the Gaza-Egypt border early Wednesday morning.

Israeli security officials have noted a marked increase in violence emanating from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip over the past month. Many fear a return to the daily attacks that plagued southern Israel prior to the Gaza war in January.

In other violence, Palestinian terrorist gunmen shot and moderately wounded an Israeli motorist near the Samarian Jewish town of Shilo on Tuesday night. ISRAEL TODAY

Israeli injured in West Bank shooting.

9/30 Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies – An unidentified Israeli settler was shot in his car while traveling in the occupied West Bank near the illegal settlement of Shvut Rachel north of Jerusalem Tuesday night, Israeli media sources reported. The man suffered mild to moderate wounds when a bullet hit his hand. Israeli police and border guards said the shots came from “unknown assailants,” but noted they may have come from “terrorists situated at the side of the road.”

The Israeli English news website Ynet quoted a settler leader as saying the “attack is a direct result of the removal of roadblocks. MAAN NEWS via ATLAS SHRUGS

Since 2001, rocket and mortar shell fire has been directly responsible for the deaths of 24 Israelis and the wounding of 620. This statistic does not take into account the massive psychological cost borne by the190,000 Israelis who live within striking range. With a population more than three times that of Israel, the corresponding American figures would be 240 killed and 6,200 wounded.

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