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Emergency Cabinet Meeting: What Next?

Israel’s top defense, political leaders to meet to discuss next step following Gaza attacks.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 3/13/2014, 7:53 AM

Explosions in Gaza (file)
Explosions in Gaza (file)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Israel’s Cabinet for diplomatic and security affairs will hold an emergency meeting Thursday morning to discuss the next step in responding to the recent rocket onslaught from Gaza.

Gaza terrorists fired nearly 90 rockets at southern Israel on Wednesday, roughly 60 of which hit Israeli territory.

The Air Force responded Wednesday night by hitting 29 targets in Gaza associated with the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist groups.

Earlier Wednesday Islamic Jihad had threatened to fire long-range rockets at Israel if the IAF were to attack. So far, the group has not done so.

Gaza terrorists used long-range rockets against Israeli cities in late 2012, during the Pillar of Defense counterterror operation. Rockets struck the greater Tel Aviv region and the Jerusalem area, wounding one person.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a sharp warning to terrorist groups Wednesday, stating, “If there is no quiet in southern Israel, there will be a big noise in Gaza.”

Residents of southern Israel are hoping to return to daily life Thursday, after a day spent running to and from bomb shelters. Schools in the area will be open as usual.