The IDF’s early warning system against missile attack failed to alert residents of the Kassams.
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz attributed Sunday’s Kassam attacks to an effort by terror groups, particularly Islamic Jihad, to influence the general election scheduled for March 28.
“The terror groups intend to carry out attacks in order to influence the results of the Israeli elections,” he said at Sunday’s cabinet meeting.
He said he was ordering the air force and artillery to expand operations for hitting the terrorists before the rockets are fired. Mofaz called his orders “turning up the pressure” on the terrorists.
Mofaz noted that Israel currently faces 70 separate alerts of impending terrorist attacks. Thirteen of those alerts refer to warnings of a specific time and place for an attack.