Looks like they are pretty pissed off and serious about doing some major damage to Hamas this time.
Egypt is still sitting on the sidelines at the moment and it has to stay that way or this thing could erupt and envelope the entire ME, not just the Gaza Strip.
Also, with the threat of ground forces, it appears Israel may not be content to just send a message, but may be ready to move in and end Hamas this time. I do not understand WTF Hamas thought the end result would be if they kept sending rocket attacks at the Israeli population last week.
Rafah Border Crossing, Israel (CNN) -- Strikes flew across the Gaza border in rapid succession Thursday, as Israel responded to an onslaught of militant rocket attacks by targeting "terror sites."
The sudden increase in violence has raised fears of a widening conflict that could lead to an Israeli ground assault.
At least 196 rockets fired from Gaza have hit Israel "since Operation Pillar of Defense began yesterday," the Israeli military said. In response, the Israel Defense Forces said, it has targeted "156 terror sites."
Sources with Hamas, which controls the government in Gaza, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad gave similar figures, saying more than 140 strikes have hit Gaza and that more than 160 rockets and shells have been fired into Israel.
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Photos: Israeli strikes in Gaza Map: Israel
Senior Hamas member on strikes in Gaza At least three Israelis were killed and four were wounded when a rocket struck an apartment building in the town of Kiryat Malakhi on Thursday, an Israeli police spokesman said. Thirteen people, including two children, were reportedly killed in airstrikes in Gaza on Thursday, said Dr. Asraf el-Qdra of Medical Aid for Palestinians. Of the casualties, nine were Hamas militants, he said. More than 120 people have been wounded since the Israeli strikes began this week in Gaza, the officials said.
The violence comes after months of rocket attacks on southern Israel by Palestinian militants, Israel said.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague issued a statement saying he is "gravely concerned" and calling on all sides to avoid civilian casualties.
"Hamas bears principal responsibility for the current crisis. I utterly condemn rocket attacks from Gaza into southern Israel by Hamas and other armed groups. This creates an intolerable situation for Israeli civilians in southern Israel, who have the right to live without fear of attack from Gaza. The rocket attacks also risk worsening the plight of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, which is already precarious."
This post was edited on 11/15 at 9:20 am