Hamas continues its murderous attacks against Israel. BBC reports:
Hamas militants have launched a rocket on Jerusalem - the first time the holy city has been targeted in decades - and the first such attack from Gaza.Yesterday, I had noted a news story indicating that the Obama Administration was relying on Egypt to moderate matters. How is that working? Not very well: ". . . Egypt's prime minister, denouncing what he described as Israeli aggression, visited Gaza and said Cairo was prepared to mediate a truce." Of course, even if Egyptian President Morsi truly wanted peace, Egyptian public opinion seems to be against it.
The missile was aimed at the Israeli parliament but landed outside the city and there were no casualties.
Israel has suggested it will intensify its strikes against Gaza targets, with more than 75,000 reservists reportedly put on stand-by.
The upsurge follows Israel's killing of Hamas's military chief on Wednesday.
Twenty-eight Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed since Wednesday.
. . . An Israeli military spokesman said 550 missiles had been fired into Israel since Wednesday - 184 had been intercepted by its radar-protective system, Iron Dome.
The Israelis had hit more than 600 targets in Gaza, the spokesman said.
Israel says the assault is aimed at knocking out rocket-firing facilities. A spokesman said on Friday it had destroyed Hamas's "nascent" unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) programme.
Thousands of Egyptians protested against Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip on Friday as Egypt's prime minister visited the Palestinian enclave in a symbolic show of support for the territory's Hamas rulers.
The protests in Egypt highlight public sentiment against the Israeli military operation in Gaza. The latest operation started with the assassination of Hamas' military chief. Israel says it is responding to rocket fire by Gaza militants.
At least 22 Palestinians, including 12 militants and six children, as well as three Israelis have been killed in three days of fierce exchanges between the Israeli military and Gaza militants.
Egyptians on Friday marched in the country's two largest cities, Cairo and Alexandria, many waving Palestinian flags and chanting slogans against Israel. In Cairo's Tahrir Square, a few hundred protesters burned an Israeli flag.
The demonstrations were called by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group.
Prominent Brotherhood figures took part, many brandishing the checkered Palestinian scarf, or keffiyeh, during the marches. Hamas is a Brotherhood offshoot in the Gaza Strip.
Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, has faced calls at home to take stronger action over the Gaza offensive. He has recalled Egypt's ambassador from Tel Aviv in protest and on Friday he dispatched Prime Minister Hesham Kandil to Gaza in a show of support for the Hamas-ruled territory.Notice the outright lies and bias in the latter story--saying that the operation "started" with the "assassination" of Hamas' "military chief," when it actually was a long-delayed response to increased rocket attacks by Hamas. Oh, and it was a cowardly terrorist that was killed, not a "military chief." And then the statement that "Israel says it is responding..." indicating doubt in the account offered by Israel. Although I didn't quote it, there was also mention of an "incessant" attack by Israel, because the months of rocket attacks by Hamas must be negligible.