Israeli Air Force strikes Gaza in retaliation for massive mortar attacks

Israeli Air Force bombed targets in Gaza Wednesday, killing at least one terrorist after a massive missile and mortar barrage on southern Israel.

At least 10 explosions rocked the south from the western Negev to an area between the port cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod. A major electricity generating station and oil and gas pipelines are located in Ashkelon. Ashdod is home to dozens of oil refineries.

Arab sources said one terrorist was killed in the reprisal attack at Rafiah, a city the straddles the border between Gaza and Egypt and which is a prime source of smuggling tunnels. The IDF aerial attack came hours before Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at his official residence in Jerusalem.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell have been holding private discussions with both sides since the morning hours, preparing for the talks between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Abbas.

However, the same momentum could fall apart in the face of the PA demand that Israel extend the 10-month building freeze on Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria. The PA reportedly has so far rejected American proposals for a compromise and has rejected Prime MInister Netanyahu’s demand to recognize that Israel is a Jewish state. Israel National News