February 19, 2009

In this issue:

50 Gaza Rockets Strike Israel Since Ceasefire

Over 50 Palestinian rockets and mortars have been fired into Israel since the unilateral ceasefire began between Hamas and Israel on January 18. This is the third Hamas-Israel ceasefire held since November 2006.

Two Qassam rockets were fired at the Eshkol region early Thursday morning, on February 19. Around 7:18 am, the Tzeva Adom sounded, followed by the rocket attacks. A third rocket had exploded earlier on the Gaza side.Read more

The Iran-Hamas Connection and President Obama

As US President Barack Obama makes historic overtures in attempting to foster open dialogue with Iran, the rest of world watches in optimistic anticipation. The UK’s Guardian recently reported that Obama’s administration drafted a letter to Iran “aimed at unfreezing US-Iranian relations and opening the way for face-to-face talks.”

Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has welcomed US overtures saying that: “The new U.S. administration announced that it’s willing to bring about a number of changes and is now taking the course for dialogue. It’s quite clear that the real change should be fundamental, not just tactical change, and it is quite clear that Read more

SMC director Noam Bedein invited to Capital Hill

How Sderot Voted Last Tuesday

As bomb shelters continue to be built throughout Sderot in preparation of future rocket attacks, Sderot residents showed up in large numbers at the voting booths last Tuesday, February 10.

Over half of Sderot residents voted for Likud and Yisrael Beitenu in the recent elections for Israel’s 18th Knesset. According to an Haaretz election poll, 33% of Sderot residents voted for Likud and 23% for Yisrael Beitanu.
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