Netanyahu to widen Gaza operation as Cabinet approves the call-up of 40,000 troops.
Rockets have been shot down over Tel Aviv and terrorists have been killed in a firefight.
|Rockets fired into Jerusalem from Gaza|
The warning sirens are screaming and the rockets are threatening a wide swath of the tiny land of Israel.
So far on Tuesday, July 8, sirens alerted residents of Beer Sheva, Gush Etzion, Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Jerusalem to race to the closest bomb shelters.
The municipality of Jerusalem issued a notice that all bomb shelters in the city must be opened, and directed residents to a site on the location of the closest shelters. Private homes with safe rooms large enough to take in others were asked to do that to ensure everyone has a safe place to wait for the emergency to end.
A rocket struck a home in Jerusalem, but no one was injured.
|Israeli attacks on Gaza|
Three explosions are heard in Jerusalem after Code Red sirens blare in the capital. Sirens are also heard in Binyamina and Kibbutz Ma’agan Michael in northern Israel, Rishon Lezion in central Israel and Ashdod in southern Israel.
After a rocket was shot down over Tel Aviv earlier today, a second siren is heard in the city, followed by two explosions and a third siren.
Less than three hours after a rocket was shot down over Tel Aviv, the Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts a second rocket over the vibrant central city.
Meanwhile, Code Red alerts are heard throughout central Israel, including in Tel Aviv.
The question is where did Gaza get rockets capable of reaching so far into Israel? And the fact that they are using them now probably means an all-out offensive by Hamas most of whom are Sunni Muslims like Isis. It could be just a testing of Israel's Iron Dome but, I suspect that it is much more than that. This does not auger well for Gaza or Israel. Pardon the pun but this is a very explosive situation the end of which is pretty unpredictable and could be catastrophic in Biblical proportions.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” Psalm 122:6