Here is a CNN summary of the state of the conflict this afternoon between Israel and Gaza, where rocket attacks launched by terrorist elements from Gaza has resulted in Israel launching a counter-offensive to knock out those rocket sites. This report from Gaza indicates Israeli drones could be heard overhead all day doing surveillance to find the location of rocket sites in Gaza and where other ammunition is stored. The results of that surveillance will likely be Israeli strikes tonight to knock out those areas. Rocket attacks against Tel Aviv and Jerusalem using the Iranian Fajr-5 missile have led to the likelihood Israel will launch a ground operation into Gaza to root out the sites being used to launch those attacks.
Raw video shows a terrorist rocket flying over Tel Aviv just before being shot down by Israel’s “Iron Dome” Defense System. The person filming the rocket does a good job of following the rocket but you don’t quite see the impact of it being shot out of the sky. I’m sure it would be quite a harrowing thing to be there.
JERUSALEM POST: Third attack on central city in three days intercepted by fifth Iron Dome battery, deployed in Gush Dan earlier in the day; Palestinian terrorists fire 740 rockets into Israel since start of operation.
The Iron Dome intercepted two Iranian-made Fajr-5 missiles aimed at Tel Aviv on Saturday. The missiles marked the third attack on the heavily populated central city in as many days, after Palestinian terrorists from Gaza fired four missiles toward the financial capital on Thursday and Friday, prompting red alert air raid sirens to sound in the city.
While police said that one of the missiles landed in an open area, a military source told The Jerusalem Post that the Iron Dome intercepted both missiles.
The Defense Ministry deployed an upgraded Iron Dome battery in the Gush Dan area in the center of Israel on Saturday morning, after rushing its production in light of escalation. The battery is the fifth Iron Dome system operational in Israel.
Islamic Jihad leader Khalid Batsh said on Saturday that the launch of rockets at Tel Aviv from Gaza show “the rules of the game have changed in the region,” Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported.
The attack followed volley after volley of rockets aimed at southern towns on Saturday, as red alert sirens wailed repeatedly, warning residents to flee for cover. Two rockets also landed outside the capital Jerusalem on Friday. One rocket landed near a Palestinian village in the West Bank, shattering windows and scaring residents. Another struck a home in Ashdod directly, injuring five Israeli civilians. . . . Read More
Tonight, Israel is on the brink of launching a ground attack into Gaza to destroy enemy positions being used to launch rocket attacks into Israel. Today, a rocket attack was launched against Jerusalem itself, the first time since 1970 that Jerusalem has been targeted. Israel is calling up 75,000 reserve troops to prepare for a possible ground offensive into Gaza:
NEW YORK TIMES: Emboldened by displays of Egyptian solidarity and undeterred by Israel’s advanced aerial firepower, Palestinian militants under siege in Gaza broadened their rocket targets on Friday, aiming at the holy city of Jerusalem for the first time, sending a second volley screeching toward Tel Aviv and pushing the Israelis closer to a ground invasion.
Israel’s government more than doubled the number of army reservists it could call to combat if needed in the increasingly lethal showdown with Gaza’s Hamas fighters and their affiliates, after they fired more than 700 rockets into southern Israel over the last year. The escalation has raised fears of a new chapter of war in the intractable Arab-Israeli conflict.
The Israeli military closed some roads adjacent to Gaza in anticipation of a possible infantry move into the territory, which would be the first Israeli military presence on the ground in Gaza since the three-week invasion of 2008-2009. The Israeli military chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, went south to brief regular forces and reservists.
“We are here tonight on the eve of a possible ground operation,” he said. . . . Read More
WH: Prime Minister Netanyahu called the President today to provide an update on the situation in Israel and Gaza.— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) November 16, 2012
Here is video from the Israeli city of Beersheba showing a barrage of rockets launched from Gaza headed their way. Many of the rockets were knocked out by Israel’s “Iron Dome” Missile Defense System.