Israel’s last ground offensive was in 2009. Asked by Channel 2 TV if there were any efforts underway to reach a cease-fire, he said: “Not now.” The U.S. State Department condemned the rocket fire on Israeli civilians, defended Israel’s right to protect itself, and said it hoped Israel’s “strong message” would deter further attacks. “But certainly, our preference is to de-escalate the situation on the ground,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Israeli Military Steps Up Gaza Offense Play Video Israel and Hamas, which is sworn to the destruction of the Jewish state, agreed to an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire that ended the last round of fighting in late 2012. In Gaza, Abu Obeida, a masked spokesman for Hamas’ military wing, accused Israel of violating that agreement and demanded a halt to the airstrikes, its recent crackdown in the West Bank and its opposition to a Palestinian unity government that is backed by Hamas.
Source: Rockets hit Israeli heartland as offensive begins – Yahoo News
Air raid sirens went off in the city, which is Israel’s commercial capital and about 45 miles north of the Gaza Strip. (July 8) SHOTLIST: AP TELEVISION – AP CLIENTS ONLY Tel Aviv, Israel – July 8, 2014 1. Long travelling shot of people running to shelter, UPSOUND: sirens 2. Smoke in sky from intercepted rocket, hit by Iron Dome missile defence system 3. Mid of traffic on street, UPSOUND: sirens blaring STORYLINE: Residents of Tel Aviv ran for shelter on Tuesday, as a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip was intercepted near the city, the military said. Air raid sirens went off in the city, which is Israel’s commercial capital and about 45 miles north of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli military says the rocket was intercepted by Israel’s “Iron Dome” defence system.
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