Mortar shell.
Mortar shell. Israel News Photo: (file photo)

Gaza terrorists fired two mortar shells at Israel Friday morning. The shells exploded in unpopulated areas within the Shaar HaNegev region. They caused no casualties or damage.

This is the fifth time that the Arabs have fired at Israel in breach of the "understandings" reached by Hamas and Israel last Thursday, regarding a period of "calm" in which both sides were to cease firing at each other.

The calm only lasted a few days, and was broken Tuesday when Arabs fired three short range ("Kassam") rockets at Israel. On Thursday, too, a rocket was fired at the town of Sderot.

Crossings partially closed

In response to the rocket fire, Israel initially decided to delay the transfer of goods and the opening of crossings into Gaza. On Thursday, however, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his deputy, Matan Vilnai, decided to partially reopen the crossings. Some fuel would be let in to Gaza through the Nahal Oz crossing, and "h

This is the fifth time that the Arabs have fired at Israel in breach of the "understandings."

umanitarian" cases would be allowed through Erez crossing, while Sufa and Karni crossings remained sealed.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said that Arab breaches of the "lull" must be met with military action and Vice Prime Minister Chaim Ramon said the understandings with Hamas need to be reexamined.

Analysts said, however, that Hamas really does have an interest in preserving the calm at this moment . Hamas issued a rare denouncement of the missile fire and said it went against the Arab "national interest."

"Respond if we seek life"

Kadima MK Isaac Ben-Israel criticized Thursday the cease-fire agreement reached with Hamas and urged the Israeli government to respond militarily to the continued rocket attacks.

"The firing of rockets by Fatah and the demands of those firing for a truce in Judea and Samaria – these are a result of the ceasefire agreement with Hamas which is interpreted as surrender on Israel's part," Ben-Israel said. He added that "Israel must respond militarily if it seeks life."