We, the Tel Aviv spoiled people, got shocked as 1 alarm played the music. The southern part of Israel is getting hundreds (!!!) of rockets and alarms in the last 2 weeks… and we were quiet… lived as usual …What I want to say is you can’t understand the fear until you get it yourself… People live there in the south of Israel as they live in a battle field … it’s 2012 and people live in Israel as if it’s a 3rd world war country…I am looking at myself running as a mouse in a cage to the shelter as the alarm started, calling the family to make sure everybody is ok, and its crazy!And this is nothing compare to what happening 30 km south from Tel Aviv…
A man named Ian from Negev, southern Israel tells the BBC that the bombardment by Hamas rockets has been going on for months:
"Although the western world has only noticed the escalation of the conflict in the last two days, we have been hit by Hamas rockets on a day-to-day basis throughout October and November. This continued up until the recent escalation, following the assassination of Jabari. It is impossible to live like this in the shelters every day."
The Israeli Army twitter account posted what it said was an image of a rocket hitting an Israeli family's back yard:
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 16, 2012
A few moments ago, Twitter users in Jerusalem also reported hearing air-raid sirens and what one described as "a muffled boom." The Israeli military later confirmed that a missile had landed somewhere outside the ancient Jewish capital
We just heard a muffled boom, after the air raid siren
— Daniel Seidemann (@DanielSeidemann) November 16, 2012
Meanwhile, Israel Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told CNN that ground troops may move into Gaza within a day or two.
“We are kind of reluctant warriors. We don’t want to get into Gaza if we don’t have to. But if they keep firing at us… a ground operation is still in the cards…. We have very simple, specific goals," he said. “If we will see in the next 24 to 36 hours more rockets launched at us, I think that would be the trigger.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also showed no sign of backing down:
We are going to continue hitting #Hamas hard and we will continue to strike hard at the missiles targeted at Central and Southern Israel
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) November 16, 2012