The Home Front Command is hoping that the ceasefire announced by Gaza terrorists will hold this time, and has announced that schools in the Gaza belt will operate as usual on Tuesday.
After an assessment of the situation held on Monday night, it was decided that classes will be held as usual in all educational institutions in the Gaza area. However, gatherings and meetings with more than 250 people in attendance will require the approval of the security forces and coordination with local authorities.
The Home Front Command said that schools in the rest of the communities in southern Israel will be open as usual on Tuesday, with no restrictions on public gatherings.
All these instructions are subject to change on Tuesday morning, should the rocket attacks by Gaza terrorists continue.
Gaza-based terrorists agreed on Monday evening to accept an Egyptian initiative for a ceasefire, but blamed Israel as always and conditioned the ceasefire on Israel stopping what they termed its “continued aggression in Gaza”.
In a press conference held in Gaza, and which was attended by representatives of all the factions in Gaza except the Salafi organizations, the groups said that PA Arabs "have the right to fight the occupation by any means possible." Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that Israel is to be blamed for the current round of escalation.
Hamas, which rules Gaza, has declared dozens of similar ceasefires over the years and they have never been upheld.
Meanwhile, the war in southern Israel continued on Monday. In the afternoon, a Grad missile fired by Gaza Arab terrorists exploded next to a factory in the industrial zone of Netivot. Six people suffered from shock as a result of the attack. Witnesses said that there was a great deal of damage to the structure.
This was the second attack on the city Monday; earlier, a rocket fired at the city exploded in a residential neighborhood. That rocket caused a great deal of damage, gutting a shop near where the rocket exploded. 26 people were treated by medical personnel after going into shock, with some needing extensive treatment at a trauma center.
Sderot was also a target for terrorists’ rockets on Monday, as it has been for more than 12 years.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with foreign ambassadors stationed in Israel on Monday and said that Israel could no longer tolerate the incessant rocket attacks on Israel by Gaza Arab terrorists. If Hamas did not stop the attacks, Israel would have to act, he said.
Netanyahu, along with Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter, met with some 100 foreign diplomats in Ashkelon, one of the cities that have in the past been targeted by Gaza Arab terrorists, and which has been hit dozens of times by Grad missiles and mortar shells.