Netanyahu cuts short U.S. trip as rockets from Gaza rain down on Israel, IDF strikes back

Netanyahu cuts short U.S. trip as rockets from Gaza rain down on Israel, IDF strikes back
Homeowner puts up Israeli flag at his completely destroyed home after rocket attack from Gaza. Social media video via Twitter

[Ed. – Sunday’s rocket strike near Tel Aviv was the second hit this month at an unusually long range, and clearly involved the biggest warhead I recall seeing launched from Gaza. It utterly destroyed a family’s home, and it’s a miracle the family of 7 survived with only some injuries. PIJ (Palestinian Islamic Jihad) promptly took credit for the attack, but no word yet on who Israel thinks is responsible. The IDF completely destroyed Hamas HQ in Gaza in the last few hours and has struck a list of other targets as well.  If the attacks on Israel are a systematic response to Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the Golan, and if they persist, the remarkable events of the last 72 hours could well be topped by the annihilation of Hamas.]

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he would cut short his trip to the United States on Monday after a rocket fired from Gaza struck a residential building in central Israel early Monday morning, injuring seven people, including two infants, and leveling the structure. …

He said he would stay in Washington just long enough to meet US President Donald Trump on Monday morning local time, “and immediately afterward return to Israel to oversee our response first-hand.”

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Netanyahu was set to address some 18,000 people at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual policy conference in Washington on Tuesday morning, and in the evening was due to attend a dinner at the White House.

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