"We´ve Barely Closed Gaza´s Gates and the Rockets Are Falling"

Two Kassam rockets landed in the western Negev as the IDF completed its withdrawal from Gaza Monday morning.

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Ezra HaLevi, | updated: 18:46

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told reporters Monday morning that the IDF would react with “zero-tolerance” toward any terror attacks emanating from Gaza. Following the first rocket attack, which landed near Sderot, however, the IDF registered its protest, but offered no military response.

Another rocket landed Monday afternoon near the tent city established by Jews expelled from their homes in the northern Gaza town of Elei Sinai.

Elei Sinai’s former secretary Yaniv Levi reported that one of the Kassam rockets touched down just 1,000 feet from the tent city. He said that he expected the State of Israel to respond by demolishing the area from which the rockets were fired. “The Palestinians need to know that they will bring harm to their own property, infrastructure and homes – not just a house here and a house there – to utterly demolish. The moment the IDF does this, it will stop. They will stop firing the rockets.”

The quiet Negev community of Netiv HaAsarah all of the sudden became a frontier town Monday morning. Gil Nir, the chairman of the town’s security committee said that promises that they would be protected did not materialize and residents have been left exposed. He says that reinforcement of the roofs of public buildings and kindergartens has not been carried out and that a wall meant to protect them from gunfire from Gaza has not been completed. “They were in such a hurry to get the soldiers out that they ended up abandoning us civilians,” he said.

“One family has already left, and two more families have informed me that they are preparing to move,” he said. “We are not prepared to live as hostages while someone gambles with our lives. Just as the security establishment planned the Disengagement so meticulously, it must hurry to protect us in the necessary manner.”

In response to the Kassam fire, Shas Chairman Eli Yishai said, “He who thought and deluded himself that the Disengagement would lead to a reduction in terror has been proven wrong."

MK Yishai requested that the Knesset appoint a special emergency crew to concern itself with the protection of the city of Ashkelon from Kassam rocket fire.

"We've barely closed Gush Katif's gates and the rockets are already landing in Yad Mordechai,” Yishai said.