It was a rotten day in Israel Wednesday. When a Grad rocket struck Be'ersheva early that morning, residents found that the shelters they were to flee to were locked. But that wasn't the worst of it. On Tuesday, rockets hit Ashdod, and struck Be'ersheva the next morning; and ten mortar shells hit towns near Gaza during the day. Local residents say they have had it with the absent protection of the IDF.
The geniuses at the IDF (probably inspired by their pathetic "Security Minister" Barak) responded with "Pretend It's not happening."
The final big attack of the day killed someone. A terrorist placed a bomb in a phone booth and detonated it as a bus was taking on passengers near the binyanéi ha'umá, national convention center near the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem. Because the bomb was not strong enough, there were "only" 50 wounded, and one elderly woman killed.
The country is not in a tolerant mood. We cannot pretend that this didn't happen on 11 March 2011. The Fogel family was forced to leave Gush Qatif in 2005. But driven out of their homes, they were in Itamar. Arabs who got into Itamar because the electricity of an underfunded fence failed (thanks to the refusal of the IDF to maintain it), were trained by Americans for a mission of quick kills, and murdered the Fogels in their sleep. A rabbi, his wife, and three of their children, were cut apart like cattle. Twenty five thousand people attended their funeral on 13 March 2011.
Israel's southern cities are shutting down today and in Ashdod at least, on Friday as well. The last time this happened, Israeli tanks rolled into Gaza on a major military campaign — Cast Lead. Draw your own conclusions.