Hamas Fires at Jerusalem for First Time
Israel seems poised to launch ground attack
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 16, 2012 12:49 PM CST
Israeli security forces search for a rocket thought to have been fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in Jerusalem Friday.   (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

(Newser) – Hamas did something today that not even Saddam Hussein dared: It fired at least one rocket at Jerusalem, reports Haaretz and the New York Times. It's the first time since 1970 that the city came under fire, though no rockets appear to have fallen within the city limits. One came down without causing damage south of the city near a West Bank settlement. The move marks a "major escalation" because of Jerusalem's symbolic importance and its proximity to Gaza (about 50 miles), reports Al Jazeera. Earlier, Hamas fired at Tel Aviv, Israel's biggest city.

"We are sending a short and simple message: There is no security for any Zionist on any single inch of Palestine and we plan more surprises," said Abu Obeida, spokesman for the Hamas militant wing. Israel, meanwhile, seems to be edging closer to a ground attack with the call-up of 16,000 more reservists, reports AP. Armored vehicles have been moved to the border with Gaza as well.

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Nov 17, 2012 1:08 AM CST
Such much for their devout love of Al Aqsa... For every missile strike, shrink the Gaza border by one kilometer. Push them into the sea. I don't have a lot of love if Israel and their over-sized influence on US policy AND MILITARY SPENDING, but at least the Israelis didn't deliriously cheer the news of 9/11 like they did in the Strip and West Bank.
Nov 16, 2012 1:33 PM CST
Dear Fascist Jack, and is that why atheists are persecuting all religions in America through mockery in the mass media to imposing legal restrictions in its public practice and in legal legislation to force people of religion into contributing to acts against their faith? In a supposedly "free society", you cry "foul" whenever someone is forced into actions against their conscience. It's applied with atheists and their faith-based religion of quantum mechanics -- nothing can spontaneously create something? Yeah, that's a faith-based ideology to me, regardless of the theoretical math behind it because it quite simply goes against logic -- Yet this does not apply when it attacks people of other faiths. Why? It's a hypocrisy born of revisionist history which reduces someone unlike you to a status below human. In short the root of atheism is... hatred based on stereotypes. You are right to call yourself "FASCIST" Jack.
Nov 16, 2012 1:31 PM CST
I would laugh my fucking ass off if a Hamas rocket hit the Dome of the Rock by accident.