A volley of 13 rockets from Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip were fired at southern Israel before dawn on Wednesday, in apparent response to Israel signing peace deals with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at a White House ceremony earlier in the evening.
The Israeli Air Force retaliated by striking Hamas targets across Gaza, including a subterranean tunnel, a Hamas training base and rocket launching site and a weapons cache.
The rockets violated an unofficial ceasefire agreement struck two weeks ago, in which the Gaza-ruling Hamas and other local terror groups promised a month of quiet.
Eight of the projectiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, the military said.
Earlier in the evening, during the White House ceremony, two more rockets were fired into the Israeli towns of Ashdod and Ashkelon, injuring six people.
Two Israelis were evacuated to hospital and treated for shrapnel wounds, the Magen David Adom EMT service said.
Netanyahu’s strategic adviser and former Breitbart Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein slammed the “terrorist cowards”:
“Gaza terrorist cowards are desperately launching rockets at Jews because they know this new era of peace will isolate their paymasters in Tehran,” he wrote on Twitter. “Iran-backed terrorists are not going to stop peace for 1 sec[ond] as the children of Abraham come together to forge the path of real peace.”
Gaza terrorist cowards are desperately launching rockets at Jews because they know this new era of peace will isolate their paymasters in Tehran. Iran-backed terrorists are not going to stop peace for 1 sec as the children of Abraham come together to forge the path of real peace.
— Aaron Klein (@AaronKleinShow) September 15, 2020
Klein later returned to the terrorist attack with more analysis:
More desperate paroxysms of evil tonight as Hamas finds itself isolated along with their Iran paymasters, Iran-backed Hezbollah and Turkey. Terror rockets only highlight the reason Arab nations are joining the expanding circle of peace — to unite against Iran-backed extremism. https://t.co/YRAk25zFxd
— Aaron Klein (@AaronKleinShow) September 16, 2020
Hamas released a statement shortly after the rockets were fired, blasting the peace deals.
“The normalization agreements between Bahrain, the UAE, and the Zionist entity are not worth the paper they were written on,” a spokesperson for the terror group said. “Our people insists on continuing its struggle until it secures the return of all its rights.”
During his address at the ceremony, Netanyahu said the peace accords would “bring an end to the Israeli-Arab conflict once and for all.”
Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in response to the attack: “On this historic night of peace, we received a reminder from our enemies that we must always be strong and prepared to defend Israeli citizens on all fronts and at all times — and this we will do.”