A Kassam rocket fired from Gaza exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council on Monday evening.

No physical injuries or property damage were reported.

The rocket is the first fired into Israel from Gaza today in what has become a status quo event since the deadly bus attack that left 8 Israelis dead ten days ago.. It was fired in spite of a ceasefire called by the terror groups over the weekend.

Last week two such cease-fires unilaterally declared by Hamas and Islamic Jihad were broken by their terror operatives firing rockets within hours of their implementation.

The last rocket fired from Gaza at Israel's south on Sunday night. It landed in an open area in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council. No physical injuries or properly damages were reported.

Also Sunday, a Grad missile landed in the Bnei Shimon Regional Council not far from Beersheba. Once again, No physical injuries or properly damages were reported.

The radical Islamist Tawhid al-Jihad terror group took responsibility for the attacks.

Critics of the Netanyahu governments decision to maintain the airstrike-for-rocket-attack paradigm that has come to symbolize the security situation in the south say Israel cannot continue to rely on miracles to protect its citizens. Last week a 9-month old infant was injured by shrapnel in a Gaza rocket attack.

However, some analysts suggest the government is waiting to see how the security situation vis-a-vis the Palestinian Authority enclaves in Judea and Samaria develops following the PA statehood bid at the UN in September - as well as in the Sinai - before committing forces to a major operation.

Nonetheless, it is increasingly clear Israel's current strategic stance on Gaza has proven ineffective in stopping terror attacks on its citizens.

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